Thursday, November 18, 2021

Unveiling of eight port projects in the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro

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Mobility and connectivity continue to reach new heights in the maritime sector as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago lead the unveiling of eight port projects in the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro on 18 November 2021.The improved and expanded seaports include the Port of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, while seaports to be inaugurated in Oriental Mindoro are the Port of Calapan, Port of Balatero, Port of Bansud, Port of Bulalacao, Port of Mansalay, and the Port of Roxas.

Highlighting the simultaneous inaugurations is the ongoing expansion of the Port of Calapan’s Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) which can now accommodate 3,500 passengers at any given time. The PPA also completed the port's access road to prevent traffic build-up in the area.

Meanwhile, Puerto Galera’s new gateway port, the Port of Balatero, now offers comfortable passenger travel with an expanded PTB and an extended jetty and back-up area. The port’s PTB can now accommodate 500 passengers at any given time as Puerto Galera reopens to tourists.

The improvement of the Port of Bansud’s RC Platform, RoRo Ramp and RC Pier, meanwhile, will bolster the port’s operational capability.

On the other hand, the Port of Bulalacao can now use its maximum capacity and space with a completed and expanded back-up area.

With the expansion of the Port of Mansalay, the port can now accommodate the demands of shipping trade in the area. The seaport plays a major role in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) and has been identified as one of the major routes.

Development projects in the Port of Roxas include the expansion of its back-up area, RC platform and RoRo Ramp and the installation of a new Port Lighting System.

Development projects for Occidental Mindoro’s main seaport, the Port of Abra de Ilog, include the construction of its RC pier, RoRo ramp and access trestle and construction of the port’s new operations building.

The simultaneous inaugurations of the seaports pave the way for business and employment opportunities for Filipinos. The upgraded seaports will also improve inter-island travel as well as the movement of essential goods between Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and neighboring provinces.

The development of the Occidental and Oriental Mindoro ports also round up the 484 seaport projects under the Build, Build, Build Infrastructure program for the country’s economic recovery and growth.

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