THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced the completion of the Calapan Port Access Road.
On Friday, 18 September, members of the media got the chance to personally step on the newly-completed Calapan Port Access Road, built to ease vehicular traffic congestion in the area, upon the request of the City Government of Calapan years back.
PPA General Manager, lawyer Jay Daniel Santiago, said Calapan City local government has long been requesting the previous administration, but only President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has fulfilled their request.
“The construction of the Calapan Port Access Road only started in early 2019 and was completed in February 2020,” according to Santiago.
The bid for the 6729 square-meter project, amounting to P140.81 million including its lighting system, was awarded to Khan Kon Chi Construction and Development Corporation last 14 May, 2019, under the Build, Build, Build Project of the Duterte Administration.
As June, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has completed 14 port rehabilitation projects, including the Port of Borac and Port of San Fernando, both in Palawan, and Port of Malalag in Davao del Sur are brand-new facilities.
The rest are expansion projects. These are the Port of Cawit in Boac, Marinduque; Port of Estancia in Iloilo; Port of Iligan in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte; Port of Jagna in Bohol; Port of Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro; Port of Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; Port of Tagbilaran in Bohol; Port of Currimao in Ilocos Sur; Port of Masao in Agusan del Norte and two separate projects for Iloilo Commercial Port Complex.
Other port construction projects aimed to finish within the year include Pier 18 rehabilitation and upgrade in Vitas, Tondo, Manila; the construction of the port operations building in Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro; the Balanacan port expansion project in Marinduque; the construction of an RC Pier and roll-on, roll-off (Ro-R0) ramp at the port of Bansud in Oriental Mindoro.
Moreover, the DOTr added it is also completing the construction of a backup area at the Port of Bulalacao also in Oriental Mindoro; the Ro-Ro ramp and expansion project at the Port of Bulan in Sorsogon; the construction of the Coastal Access Road project at the Port of Calapan; port expansion project of Port of Capinpin; and reconstruction of the Carmen Port in San Agustin, Romblon.
The DOTr said these projects would “bolster the operational capability of the current ports, specifically in inter-island travel and movement of essential goods across regions.”