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Philippine: Government to spend P500-M for key ports upgrade

Thursday, 23 February 2012 | 00:00
The Aquino administration is spending about P500-million to construct and upgrade existing berthing facilities in key ports in the country, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). "Together with the Philippine Ports Authority, we have identified key port areas in Iloilo, Ormoc and Tabaco where cargo handling capacities are projected to increase as a result of growing shipping activities in those areas," DOTC Secretary Manuel A. Roxas told reporters on Monday. These projects will improve port operations in terms of goods and passenger movements as well as foster a more productive, efficient, safe, secure and comfortable port experience.
"We are constructing additional 3,653 square meters of cargo handling space in the port of Tabaco, Albay. This will enable faster off-loading and boarding of cargoes," Roxas said. The estimated cost of the project is P83.7-million. The Iloilo Commercial Port Complex will also be upgraded by constructing additional 13,720 square meters of cargo handling space to accommodate the increased throughput arising from the closing down of berths along Iloilo River. The estimated cost is P307.6- million. The government is also upgrading the Ormoc port where an additional back-up area of 3,791 square meters will be constructed, including a roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) ramp to accommodate the projected increase in vessel traffic. Ormoc port recorded 948 vessels traffic as of 2010. Currently, the Ormoc port can only accommodate 1,095 vessels. It is projected that within five years, vessel traffic in the port will reach 1,533. The estimated project cost is P109.9- million.
Source: PNA
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