By Emmie V. Abadilla
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) reported that they have completed 201 commercial and social/tourism port projects nationwide since the start of the Duterte administration and targets to complete 260 before it ends in 2022, compared to just seven ports completed by its predecessor administration.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade and PPA Vice Chairman and General Manager Jay Daniel M. Santiago made the announcement in his round table conference at the Manila Bulletin headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on Friday.
In the first year of the current administration alone, in 2016, the government completed 68 port projects. These include the expansion of the Puerto Princesa, Palawan port, the extension of the wharf in La Paz, Iloilo City and Phase 3 of the rehabilitation and improvement of the Tacloban City Port.
They also carried out several improvement projects in Mindanao, including the construction of a passenger terminal building and installation of a lighting system in the port of Glan in Sarangani, the construction of a Roll-on Roll-Off (RoRo) ramp in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, wharf extension in Masao, Butuan City and improvement of the power system in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
In 2017, the second year of the current administration, the government completed 40 more port initiatives including the gantry crane project in Zamboanga City and another crane project in Makar, South Cotabato, port expansion in Larena, Siquijor and wharf widening in the Pasig River, Manila.
The DOTr maritime sector also completed 8 social and tourism port projects, such as the causeway construction and widening of the Badoc Port in Ilocos Note and the Mongpong Port in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, the rehabilitation of the San Jose Port in Camarines Sur and the wharf extension of the Talisay Port in Batangas.
In 2018, the government completed 34 projects, including the provision of a baggage X-ray room at the screening area of the Dapitan Port in Zamboanga del Norte, port road widening in Dumangas, Iloilo and the construction of alternate access road projects in Iligan, Lanao del Norte.
Last Monday , DOTr and PPA inaugurated the country’s biggest port Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at the Port of Cagayan de Oro City. Located within the Passenger Terminal Complex of the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the new PTB is a massive two-story building with a total floor area of 5,597 square meters. It has a capacity of 3,000 passengers, triple its previous capacity.
The PPA has also completed the Opol Port in Misamis Oriental, the Sasa Port in Davao and the Tubigon Port in Bohol.