Khan Kon Chi secures contract for Sorsogon Ro-Ro terminal expansion

  • Khan Kon Chi Construction and Development Corp. won the contract to expand the Sorsogon Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal in Matnog port, Sorsogon
  • The Philippine Ports Authority on January 18 awarded to Khan Kon Chi the P487.804-million contract for the project
  • The project includes removal and excavation works, and construction of a port operational area and continuous Ro-Ro ramp
  • The Sorsogon RoRo Terminal Expansion Project will help correct the current imbalance between Sorsogon and Samar ports

Khan Kon Chi Construction and Development Corp. secured the contract for the expansion of the Sorsogon Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) Terminal at Matnog port, Sorsogon.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) awarded the P487.804-million project to the Davao-based company, encompassing tasks such as removal and excavation works, alongside the construction of a port operational area and a continuous Ro-Ro ramp.

In a notice of award dated January 18, PPA said Khan Kon Chi emerged as the lowest calculated and responsive bidder, winning over eight other firms. The decision to award the contract to the company was formally endorsed by PPA’s Bids and Awards Committee in a resolution dated January 16, 2024.

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Atty. Julius Yano, Transportation assistant secretary for maritime, emphasized the Sorsogon RoRo Terminal Expansion Project aims to address the existing disparity between Sorsogon and Samar ports. DOTr is PPA’s parent agency.

Currently, Matnog port in Sorsogon, with eight ramps, faces congestion and truck queuing issues, particularly during peak travel seasons.

Yano emphasized the critical role of the Sorsogon RoRo terminal in facilitating passenger and cargo transport between Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. He emphasized the project aligns with the National Logistics Strategy and President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s vision to position the Philippines as a logistics hub within the Southeast Asian region.

The expansion project includes the development of a continuous ramp capable of accommodating 5 to 6 vessels simultaneously. Additionally, a dedicated backup area is planned to enhance RoRo ramp efficiency, maneuverability, and queuing efficiency.

The projected timeline for project completion is 660 calendar days from the issuance of the notice to proceed to the winning bidder. – Roumina Pablo