July 23, 2018, 12:02 am
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P7B ports modernization set

The  Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has 46 port development projects this year amounting to over P7.1billion.

Jay Daniel Santiago, PPA general manager, said the government is pouring in billions in the next five years to improve and modernize ports in the country. 

“We have been injecting so much investment in our ports. We are thanking the President and Secretary Tugade for these projects,” Santiago added.

The PPA said for the first four months of 2018, 21 projects were already completed, including the provision of a baggage x-ray room at the screening area of Dapitan Port in Zamboanga del Norte; port road widening in Dumangas, Iloilo; and alternate access road project in Iligan, Lanao del Norte.

Last year, it completed 40 port projects worth over P2.9 billion, PPA said. These include the P476-million gantry crane project in Zamboanga City and P593-million crane project in Makar, South Cotabato; P157-million port expansion in Larena, Siquijor; and the P48-million wharf
widening project in the Pasig River.

The Department of Transportation Maritime Sector has completed four social/tourism port projects worth P45 million. These are the causeway construction and widening in Badoc Port in Ilocos Norte and Mongpong Port in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque; rehabilitation of San Jose Port in Camarines Sur; and wharf extension of Talisay Port in Batangas. 

According to the PPA, 24 more social/tourism ports are undergoing construction while 59 others are programmed to be constructed this year

Arthur Tugade, transportation secretary, said better port facilities will strengthen tourism in the country and bolster the Philippines’ appeal as a cruise destination. 

Tugade said all these were done to fulfil the government’s promise of improving the lives of the public by providing facilities that will enable them to have a comfortable and efficient travel and transportation. 

This year, he added, the government is accelerating the implementation of port infrastructure projects.

In 2016, 68 projects amounting to P3.17 billion were completed. These include port expansion projects worth P309 million in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; P272 million wharf extension in Lapaz, Iloilo City; and Phase III of the rehabilitation and improvement of Tacloban City Port.

PPA said several improvement projects were also carried out in Mindanao, which is poised to be the center of the Duterte administration’s infrastructure buildup or the Build, Build, Build program. 

Among these are the construction of a passenger terminal building and installation of a lighting system in the port of Glan in Sarangani; construction of a roll on-roll off ramp in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte; wharf extension in Masao, Butuan City; and improvement of the power system in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
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