State-owned Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it has completed three seaport projects in Palawan under the government’s Build Build Build program.
The projects include Port of San Fernando in El Nido, Port of Bataraza in Brgy. Buliluyan, Bataraza, and Borac Port in Brgy. Borac in Coron.
These seaports are set to begin operations today. DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago will lead the triple event, with other officials from the national and local government units in attendance.
Completed projects at the Port of San Fernando include the development of causeway, back-up area, and a reinforced concrete (RC) wharf with RORO (roll-on, roll-off) ramps.
Development works on the wharf, back-up area, and the port lighting system were meanwhile accomplished at the Port of Bataraza.
Port projects completed at the Borac Port include the development of its back-up area, construction of concrete pavement, as well as the supply and installation of lamp posts, rubber dock fenders and mooring bollards.
The development of the three ports in Palawan is expected to significantly enhance the mobility and connectivity of people and goods in the province, and facilitate movements to major trading and tourism centers.
The completed projects will also provide the public with a more convenient travel by sea and bring economic growth to the province of Palawan.
The ports of San Fernando, Bataraza, and Borac are among the 424 completed seaport projects of the DOTr and PPA since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assumed office in 2016.
Data shows that the administration has completed 424 ports which include 215 commercial port and 209 social tourism port.
Tugade said three to four more port terminals will be completed before the end of the administration.