President Rodrigo Duterte led the simultaneous inauguration on November 18 of eight seaport development projects in Mindoro
Two ports were inaugurated in Abra de Ilog and one each in Puerto Galera, Bulalacao, Mansalay, Bansud, Roxas and Calapan
The completed Mindoro port projects bring to 484 the number of projects completed by the Department of Transportation and Philippine Ports Authority since 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte led the simultaneous inauguration on November 18 of eight seaport development projects in Mindoro.
These included two in the Port of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, and one each in Calapan, Puerto Galera, Bulalacao, Mansalay, Bansud and Roxas ports, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement.
Puerto Galera’s new gateway port, Balatero port, now has an expanded passenger terminal building (PTB) and an extended jetty and back-up area. The port’s PTB can now accommodate 500 passengers at any given time, just in time for Puerto Galera’s reopening to tourists.
The Bansud port project included the construction of the reinforced concrete (RC) platform, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ramp, and RC pier, while the Bulalacao port project involved expanding its back-up area.
The Mansalay port expansion, meanwhile, is seen to help the port accommodate the demands of shipping trade in the area. The seaport plays a major role in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway and has been identified as one of the major routes.
The development of Roxas port included expanding its back-up area, RC platform, and Ro-Ro ramp, and installing a new port lighting system.
Development projects for Occidental Mindoro’s main seaport, Abra de Ilog port, included construction of its RC pier, Ro-Ro ramp and access trestle, and erecting the port’s new operations building.
Aside from the completed port projects, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is currently expanding Calapan port’s PTB, which once completed can accommodate 3,500 passengers at any given time. The PPA has already completed the port’s access road to prevent traffic build-up in the area.
DOTr said the seaport projects will improve inter-island travel as well as the movement of essential goods between Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and neighboring provinces.
With the completed projects in Mindoro, DOTr and PPA have already completed 484 seaport projects since 2016.
DOTr earlier said it aims to complete 101 more seaport projects before the end of the current administration’s term.