Ports in Albay, Quezon face development

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The Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways-Quezon 1st District, and Albay local government units signed a MOA to develop Albay and Quezon ports. Photo from DOTr.
  • Various ports in Albay and Quezon are facing development
  • This follows the January 9 signing of a MOA between the transport as well as public works departments along with Albay local government units
  • It covers development projects in Baybay port in Malinao and Sogod port in Tiwi, Albay, and the improvement of Burdeos port in Quezon province
  • DOTr undersecretary for maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento said the projects will improve fisherfolks’ livelihood and usher in inter-island connectivity

Various ports in Quezon and Albay will soon be developed following the January 9 signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Quezon 1st District, and Albay local government units.

The MOA covers two port development projects in Albay—Baybay port in Malinao and Sogod port in Tiwi—and improvement of Burdeos port in Quezon province.

DOTr undersecretary for maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento said equipping the country’s towns and cities with modern, efficient, and more reliable maritime infrastructure and facilities provides benefits such as boosting fisherfolks’ livelihood and ushering in inter-island connectivity, among others.

“These ports and their improvements aim to better cater to our fisherfolks in both towns. And, since these are development ports, the government is supporting both towns to have an improved economy and to connect the economies of both towns to bigger island economies,” Sarmiento said in a statement.

Malinao mayor Sheryl Bilo said the Baybay port project will help fishermen transport their catch.

Tiwi mayor Jaime Villanueva said the Sogod port project will support the handling of tunas for export, as well as tourism as Tiwi is considered Albay’s pilgrimage town.