The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Wednesday unveiled the newly-constructed second passenger terminal project amounting to P75.7 million, augmenting the existing passenger terminal at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol Province.
Amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade personally graced the unveiling of the two-story Passenger Terminal Building II (PTB II), which sat on a 1,843.37 square meter land in Tagbilaran City, along with PPA Administrator, lawyer Jay Daniel Santiago, and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.
Tugade said the PTB II is another remarkable milestone for the country’s maritime sector.
He said the PTB II is set to augment the passenger capacity of the existing PTB—which currently serves 497 passengers—with the addition of 613 passengers. The two terminals can now accommodate a total of 1,110 passengers.
Apart from the newly-built terminal, the port development project also covers the construction of a pump house and appurtenances, and the installation of concrete pavement, as well as the R.C. duct bank and lamp post foundation.
Maribojoc Port expansion project
Also on Wednesday, Tugade and Santiago inspected another PPA project in Province of Bohol, namely the Port of Maribojoc, also under the watch of the Port Management Office of Bohol.
They scrutinized the Maribojoc Port expansion project, which is now almost complete, with 95.413% overall progress rate as of March, 2021.
The Maribojoc Port Expansion Project includes the improvement of the existing rock causeway, construction of the port’s back-up area with Ro-Ro ramp on fill, construction of breasting dolphin, and the installation of the port lighting system.
The PPA said Port of Maribojoc will serve as a dedicated cargo terminal and an alternative port outside of the Port of Tagbilaran, to further decongest the current traffic at the Port of Tagbilaran.
The Tagbilaran and Maribojoc port projects are part of the 22 improvement programs of the transport hubs and facilities in Bohol Province, which includes the completion of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, the first ever “green” airport in the country.
The DOTr and the PPA, on the same day, have also turned-over two Refrigerated Reefer Container Vans to the Provincial Government of Bohol, under the “Palamigan ng Bayan” program, which aims to provide mobile cold storage facilities for farmers and fishers to preserve the quality of perishable goods, reduce wastage and fetch reasonable prices.