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Ro-Ro operations in Talaga Port, Batangas eyed in 6 months

  • The Department of Transportation will install a roll-on/roll-off ramp at the newly rehabilitated Port of Talaga in Mabini, Batangas
  • The project will be completed in six months
  • The rehabilitation of Talaga port, the secondary gateway to Anilao, a tourist destination, started in September 2019 and was completed on April 17, 2021
  • DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority are also working to establish a port in the adjacent island of Tingloy to make it cheaper for island residents to reach the municipality of Mabini
  • Projects such as the construction of a Land Transportation Office auxiliary office and a shipbuilding facility in Mabini are in the pipeline, too

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing the launch of roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) operations at the newly improved and rehabilitated Port of Talaga in Mabini, Batangas.

During the port’s inauguration on June 30, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said DOTr will be building a Ro-Ro ramp there by August or September 2021.

“The port will have Ro-Ro capabilities within a period of six months counted from August or September,” Tugade said.

The rehabilitation of Talaga port, the secondary gateway to tourist destination Anilao, started in September 2019 and was officially completed on April 17, 2021. It involved the construction of a port operations building and backup area, as well as the installation of a lighting system.

The project is seen to spur economic growth not only in the province but in the entire Calabarzon area, DOTr said in a statement. It is expected to provide more job opportunities to Batangueños once port operations begin.

The rehabilitation of Talaga port is among 14 completed social tourism and commercial projects in Batangas.

Aside from rehabilitating Talaga port, DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority intend to establish a port in the adjacent island of Tingloy to make it cheaper for the island’s residents to reach the municipality of Mabini. Another project being eyed is the construction of a Land Transportation Office (LTO) auxiliary office in Mabini.

Both the Tingloy port and LTO auxiliary office are expected to become operational before the term of the current administration ends.

Moreover, a shipbuilding facility will be erected in Mabini to provide jobs to residents of the town and nearby areas.

Tugade said the construction of a shipbuilding facility is expected to improve the country’s capacity to build its own passenger and cargo vessels and is in compliance with the department’s direction to modernize the country’s fleet. He added DOTr is now working on project financing.

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