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Bohol seaports inauguration slated

The seven seaport projects were completed in Tagbilaran, Jagna, Ubay, Tapal, Talibon, Loon and Maribojoc Ports



BOHOL — No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the simultaneous inauguration of seven completed seaport projects in Bohol on Friday, along with Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago.

The inauguration of the seven seaport projects in Bohol wraps up the two-day visit of the Transport department in the Visayas region following the inauguration of the completed corporate building at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport on Thursday.

The seven seaport projects were completed in Tagbilaran, Jagna, Ubay, Tapal, Talibon, Loon and Maribojoc Ports.

In the Port of Tagbilaran, which serves as Bohol’s main gateway to the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao, the construction of additional fastcraft berth has been completed in June 2021.

It is expected to facilitate the movement of vessels and decongest traffic at its existing berths, resulting in increase of trip frequencies. To recall, Tagbilaran Port’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) was likewise recently inaugurated in April of this year.

The Port of Jagna, which connects mainland Cebu and Camiguin, can now handle bigger vessels with the completion of its reinforced concrete wharf/deck in July 2021.

Meantime, the Port of Ubay can now handle medium-sized conventional and Ro-Ro vessels as the construction of its reinforced concrete pier has been completed in December 2020.

With the increasing passenger traffic to and from the Tapal Port over the years, the DoTr and PPA pushed for the construction of the port’s
back-up area and Ro-Ro ramp. Despite the pandemic, the development project was completed in October 2020.

Several rehabilitation projects have likewise been carried in Port of Talibon, including a Ro-Ro ramp, establishment of covered walkway, and security fence to further provide comfort and convenience to traders and passengers. This port also helps to take the load off Tagbilaran Port in terms of cargo operations.