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Mindoro seaports inauguration slated

The upgraded seaports will also improve inter-island travel as well as the movement of essential goods between Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and neighboring provinces

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No less than President Rodrigo Duterte and Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade will lead the inauguration of eight port projects in the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.

This is in line with the Duterte administration’s goal to improve mobility and connectivity in the maritime sector.

Joining Duterte and Tugade in the unveiling of the completed seaports is Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago.

The improved and expanded seaports include the Port of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, while seaports to be inaugurated in Oriental Mindoro are the Port of Calapan, Port of Balatero, Port of Bansud, Port of Bulalacao, Port of Mansalay and the Port of Roxas.

Highlighting the simultaneous inaugurations is the ongoing expansion of the Port of Calapan’s Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) which can now accommodate 3,500 passengers at any given time.

The PPA also completed the port’s access road to prevent traffic build-up in the area.

Meanwhile, Puerto Galera’s new gateway port, the Port of Balatero, now offers comfortable passenger travel with an expanded PTB and an extended jetty and back-up area as it can now accommodate 500 passengers at any given time as Puerto Galera reopens to tourists.

The improvement of the Port of Bansud’s RC Platform, RoRo Ramp and RC Pier, on the other hand, will bolster the port’s operational capability, while the Port of Bulalacao can now use its maximum capacity and space with a completed and expanded back-up area.

With the expansion of the Port of Mansalay, the port can now accommodate the demands of shipping trade in the area, which plays a major role in the Strong Republic Nautical Highway and has been identified as one of the major routes.

Development projects in the Port of Roxas include the expansion of its back-up area, RC platform and RoRo Ramp and the installation of a new Port Lighting System.

Meantime, development projects for Occidental Mindoro’s main seaport — the Port of Abra de Ilog — include the construction of its RC pier, RoRo ramp and access trestle and construction of the port’s new operations building.

The simultaneous inaugurations of the seaports pave the way for business and employment opportunities for Filipinos and will also improve inter-island travel as well as the movement of essential goods between Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and neighboring provinces.

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