By Glen S. Ramos
CLARK, Pampanga – Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago, on Friday, March 19, 2021, inaugurated three completed port projects in Palawan fulfilling the promise of the Duterte administration to link the island province to other parts of the country and to nearby countries.
The three new ports are the Port of San Fernando in El Nido, the Port of Bataraza in Brgy. Buliluyan, and the Borac Port in Coron.
Tugade stated that yesterday’s inauguration also marks the start of operations for the newly constructed seaports that will boost economic progress, not just of Palawan, but the whole of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) the region as well.
The ports of San Fernando, Bataraza, and Borac are among the 424 completed seaport projects of the DOTr and PPA, under the massive “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD” infrastructure program of the Duterte administration.
“It took only the President’s political will and the cooperation and support of the local government to complete these projects. And today, these seaports will bring convenience and comfort not only to the people of Palawan but more importantly to the people of the Philippines and also to the people of the neighboring ASEAN,” Secretary Tugade added.
The completed projects at the Port of San Fernando include the construction of a Back-up Area with RORO (roll-on, roll-off) Ramp, a Causeway, and Access Road, as well as a reinforced concrete (RC) wharf with a RORO ramp.
Development works on the wharf, back-up area, and the port lighting system was meanwhile accomplished at the Port of Bataraza.
On the other hand, 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.
A total of 13 out of the 19 seaport projects in Palawan are already completed. (AI/MTVN)