Saturday, September 25, 2021

One of the keys to unlocking the economic potential of Quezon Province is the expansion of the Port of Lucena

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One of the keys to unlocking the economic potential of Quezon Province is the expansion of the Port of Lucena with its additional pier to accommodate heavier Ro-Ro traffic, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade stressed today, 25 September 2021.
“Ito 'ho ay isang malaking susi sa kaunlaran sa probinsya ng Quezon, at kaunlaran dito sa Lucena,” Sec. Tugade said during the inauguration of Port of Lucena’s newly completed Port Operations Building (POB) and additional Pier 3.

With a high concentration of passengers and rolling cargoes bound for the provinces of Marinduque and Romblon, the new pier facility will decongest the port as it will open up additional space for vessels and ensure the efficient and faster turnaround of commercial vessels.

The port’s twin developments will also yield lower logistics costs and shipping fees.

The Port of Lucena handles about 6,000 ship calls annually or at least 50% of the consolidated ship calls handled by the port at 12,500 ship-calls.

In terms of Ro-Ro traffic, the annual average is pegged at 131,000 rolling cargoes, representing 50% of the overall annual Ro-Ro traffic for the entire PMO.

Sec. Tugade announced bigger developments for the port with the Southern Nautical Highway to soon become a reality with the project’s construction works starting in the next two weeks.

“That Southern Nautical Highway will soon be a reality. Pinondohan na ni PPA General Manager Jay Santiago ‘yan. ‘Yang Southern Nautical Highway na ‘yan ay magiging isang realidad. In fact, kung meron nang pondo, meron nang plano, mag-uumpisa na ‘ho ‘yung trabaho sa mga darating na linggo. Magkakatotoo, at ipapatotoo natin ‘yang Southern Nautical Highway,” said Tugade, adding that the funds for the port’s expansion have been allocated already, while the Notice to Proceed has also been released.

“Mag-uumpisa na ‘ho ‘yung konstruksyon sa expansion sa pier, sa darating na dalawang linggo,” he added.

Sec. Tugade also congratulated Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago for yet another successful feat by completing the Port of Lucena’s development projects.

“Taos-puso ang pasasalamat ko kay GM Jay Santiago at sa buong lupon ng PPA. Sinasambit ko ang aking matinding pasasalamat. Ang nakita ko ‘ho ngayon ay ibang-iba sa nakita ko noon. Ngayon ‘ho, meron na pong pasilidad, merong opisina ang PMO, at maayos ang pagkagawa. To you, Jay Santiago, congratulations for a good performance in constructing the PMO,” Secretary Tugade said.

Quezon Province Governor Danilo Suarez, meanwhile, explained that Quezon’s neighboring provinces of Marinduque, Romblon and Masbate will also benefit from the improvement and expansion of the Lucena Port as it will trigger the development and economic progress of each provinces, while ensuring food security for CALABARZON and Metro Manila.

“Hindi lamang po kami ang makikinabang kundi ang Marinduque, Romblon, Masbate, at iba pa pong mga karatig lalawigan namin will be benefitting dito po sa port na ito. As I’ve said, this will be a catalyst for employment, better trade and commerce between our co-provinces, and at the same time, the most important is that it will reduce handling and transportation costs for vital food and security, lalo na ngayong may pandemic,” Governor Suarez said.

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