CPA to discuss implementation of P18-B port project in Liloan

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Monday, September 2, 2013


THE Cebu Port Commission, the policy-making body of the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), will discuss the new international port project in Tayud, Liloan, Cebu on its next board meeting on Sept. 9 

CPA Deputy General Manager Yusoph Uckung said there will be timelines of the project after the CPA board meeting.

The Cebu Port Commission is composed of lawyer Tomas A. Riveral and lawyer Joselito Pedaria representing the cargo handling labor sector; Carlos Co and Dennis Villamor representing the business sector; and Benjamin Akol and Marino Fernan representing the shipping sector.

It is chaired by Undersecretary Jun Bucayan of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) representing Sec. Antonio Abaya.

Uckung said the cost of the project is P9 billion for the first phase and another P9 billion for the second phase, but this was based on the 2002 study of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

Jica was hired by CPA to conduct a feasibility study of a new international port and out of the five areas in Cebu as possible sites.

It recommended the area between Tayud, Liloan and Tayud, Consolacion because it has deep waters and international vessels delivering imported goods or getting export products will not have to pass Cebu Channel, which has wide shallow areas especially during low tides.

Jica presented its study in 2002. Then general manager Jose Jake Marquez was determined to implement it, earning the ire of some influential politicians who had connections with businessmen who had stakes at the Cebu International Port (CIP).

Replaced

Before Marquez could start, he was replaced as general manager.

Several months ago, Jica revisited the feasibility study upon the request of the Cebu Port Commission. It maintained its recommendation to construct the new international port in Tayud.

This time, the CPA under General Manager Dennis Villamor is looking forward to realize the project.

“The initial cost estimate by Jica on their recommended design would be P9 billion for phase one and another P9 billion for phase two. But this estimate was made by Jica in 2002,” Villamor said.

Villamor said CIP is transferred to Liloan, the area which will be left vacant shall serve the domestic traffic, especially the Cebu-Manila-Cebu route.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 02, 2013.

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