CPA revisits plan to construct international port in Liloan

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Friday, December 17, 2010


THE Cebu Port Authority (CPA) plans to transfer the Cebu International Port (CIP) to lessen the number of cargo trucks in the cities of Mandaue and Cebu.

CPA Commissioner Vicente Suazo Jr. said they will review the feasibility study of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), which recommends a portion of the seashores of Barangay Tayud, Liloan, Cebu as the site of a new international port.

Jica spent $3.8 million for the feasibility study that includes a detailed engineering on the new port. The feasibility study was a grant from the Japanese Government.

The feasibility study was presented to the Cebuano public in 2002 by the Jica team composed of Yukio Nashida, Takahiko Kishimoto and Atsushi Sato.

Deferred

In the same year, during the administration of then CPA general manager Jose Jake Marques, CPA was ready to implement the Jica study but the project was deferred.

Under the study, the CPA will need to get clearance from the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to apply for a P6.9-billion loan from Japan International Bank for Cooperation (JBIC).

Had the loan pushed through during Marques’s time, a new international port would have been built in Liloan, with an area of about 60 hectares.

Jica recommended another P6.2 billion for the cargo-handling equipment and terminal building for the new international port, but Marques wanted that these should be shouldered by the private sector to lessen the CPA’s cash out.

Cost

But the project was shelved because the cost was too high.

The consutruction of the port with six berthing areas was set to begin in 2005 and would have been completed in 2008.

An average of 2,000 container vans of imported goods and export products are handled by the CIP every week. These vans are transported by prime movers and 10-wheeler trucks that ply major thoroughfares in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

In 2008, then CPA general manager Angelo Verdan said Jica revised the master plan for a new port to reduce cost and make it more affordable.

Suazo said it is now time to revisit the feasibility study so the CPA can decide whether or not a new international port is necessary at this time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2010.

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