Port of Glan in Sarangani temporarily closed due to quake damage

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Port of Glan. Photo courtesy of PPA Port of Glan/PPA PMO Socsargen.
  • Port of Glan in Sarangani is temporarily closed
  • The Philippine Ports Authority–Port Management Office Socsargen suspended port operations following the 6.8-magnitude earthquake on November 17
  • The earthquake caused severe damage to Glan port’s essential facilities and structures
  • Operations are suspended until restoration and/or rehabilitation is complete

The Port of Glan in Sarangani is temporarily closed following damages sustained from a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Sarangani on November 17.

In a memo dated November 19, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)-Port Management Office (PMO) Socsargen port manager Cesar Dataya said the highest-recorded earthquake intensity occurred in the municipality of Glan, resulting in severe damage to the port’s essential facilities and structures.

Dataya said a post-earthquake assessment and inspection of PMO Socsargen showed the facility is unsafe for use.

Glan port’s operations will remain suspended until restoration and/or rehabilitation measures are completed. The port is closed to public access for both landside and waterside operations.

Glan port, a vital hub for sea trade and tourism in the municipality of Glan and parts of Sarangani, features two berths capable of accommodating one cargo and one passenger vessel simultaneously. Additionally, it includes a passenger terminal building capable of serving up to 100 passengers at once.

On November 20, Dataya conducted a port inspection at all ports under PMO Socsargen, including the baseport of General Santos, Mabila port, and the terminals of Kalamansig and San Roque. All ports under the PMO, except Glan port, are operational to date.