PPA to develop Saravia municipal port in Negros

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PPA to develop Saravia municipal port in northern Negros town
Mayor Marvin Malacon, representing the Municipal Government of E. B. Magalona, and Engineer Rodel Lagmay, acting port manager of the Philippine Ports Authority Port Management Office- Negros Occidental, representing PPA, signed a MOA for the construction, management, and operation of the proposed Saravia Municipal Port in Barangay Tuburan E. B. Magalona on Nov 17, 2023. Photo from E.B. Magalona Facebook page.
  • The Philippine Ports Authority will develop Saravia port in northern Negros
  • PPA signed a MOA with the municipal government on November 17
  • The Saravia port project aims to establish an alternative route between Negros and Panay islands
  • The new port expected to enhance connectivity and serve as a catalyst for economic trade in the region

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will develop and enhance the municipal port in E.B. Magalona, a northern town in Negros Occidental, creating an alternative route for travel between Negros and Panay islands.

Formalizing the commitment on November 17, the municipal government entered a memorandum of agreement with the PPA at a ceremony in the town’s Asenso Hall. The MOA covers the construction, management, and operations of the Saravia Municipal Port.

The proposed port aims to enhance connectivity between Negros and Panay, stimulating economic growth in the northern Negros town, located in the third district alongside the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Victorias, Mayor Marvin Malacon said in a statement.

Malacon signed the MOA on behalf of the municipal government, with acting port manager Rodel Lagmay of the Port Management Office Negros Occidental signing as a witness for the PPA. The document awaits PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago’s signature.

The agreement is set to undergo technical evaluation by the PPA Board of Directors, and funding for the project is anticipated in the coming year, Lagmay said.

This development arises as a private company currently operates another port in the town, located in Barangay Manta-angan, serving the E.B. Magalona-Ajuy, Iloilo route.

Malacon, in a statement released on Saturday, envisions E.B. Magalona transforming into a “busy gateway” for those traveling from Panay Island.

He added, “The soon-to-be-constructed municipal port is expected to bring more economic opportunities and will have a ripple effect in terms of growth and development of the town.”

Lagmay emphasized, “The new port will provide an alternate route for travel between Panay and Negros islands and will serve as a catalyst for change in economic trade in the region.”