Bohol’s Tubigon seaport reopened on January 5, five years it was affected by a magnitude 7.2 quake.
The Port of Tubigon now has an expanded capacity to accommodate up to 28 ships including larger vessels, nearly thrice its previous capacity of 10 ships. Further, it features three roll on-roll off wharves for docking landing craft tanks and barges.
The air-conditioned Passenger Terminal Building can now accommodate around 4,000 passengers daily from the previous 1,500. It also offers a child care station facility, and enhanced security facilities including a baggage X-ray machine and a walk-through metal detector.
The rehabilitation project includes the establishment of a one-stop shop for a more convenient clearing and payment of port charges; the repair of the pedestrian covered walkway, lighting system, security fence and gate; and improvements on the port access road.
The port serves vessels plying the Tubigon-Cebu City route. It is also the best option for travellers from Bohol going to Cebu and vice versa because of the short travel time, numerous transport schedules, cheap fares and availability of public vehicles that ply the routes to any point in Bohol.
In March 2018, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the port and ordered the fast-tracking of renovation. The repair was completed in less than nine months.