CLARK, PAMPANGA — Enhancing connectivity and mobility across the archipelago, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, through the Department of Transportation (DoTr) Maritime Sector and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), has completed a total of 200 commercial and social/tourism port projects from 2016 up until the present.
Of this number, 159 are commercial port projects facilitated by the PPA, while 41 are social/tourism port projects under the DoTr Maritime Sector.
DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade lauded the PPA for its prolific performance in providing maritime connectivity throughout the country.
The port projects that we have completed under the Duterte administration are living proof of our unrelenting service and commitment to the Filipino people.
“I congratulate the PPA, headed by General Manager Jay Santiago, for the immense work they have done in building and rehabilitating commercial seaports. With ease of movement of people and goods, economic growth is not far behind. This is the power of transport infrastructure. It can truly lead to a better, more comfortable life for Filipinos,” Secretary Tugade expressed.
For his part, GM Santiago thanked Secretary Tugade for the policy guidance, as well as for instilling a culture of efficiency and genuine public service across attached agencies.
According to Santiago, the PPA, which will celebrate its 45th Founding Anniversary on 11 July 2019, is yet to finish a lot more projects in the coming years.
“The PPA, under the guidance of Secretary Tugade, vows to become an agent of development for the country. The port projects that we have completed under the Duterte administration are living proof of our unrelenting service and commitment to the Filipino people. We are just in the middle of our journey,” Santiago said.
The DoTr Maritime Sector, under OIC Undersecretary Fernando Juan Perez, finished 11 social/tourism seaport projects nationwide for the first half of 2019 alone.
In Luzon, completed projects include the construction of Balayan Port in Batangas and Maragondon Port in Cavite.