P13.9-M passenger terminal to rise in Dumangas port-A A +A
Monday, October 8, 2012
COMMUTERS using the Dumangas Roll-on Roll-off (Roro) port in Dumangas, Iloilo will soon experience comfort and convenience as the government already started the procurement process for the construction of the passenger terminal building in the area.
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Assistant General Manager Tomas B. Carlos, in a letter to the office of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., said the project had already been advertised for public bidding and the opening of bids was scheduled last September 27, 2012 at the Post District Office of Visayas in Cebu City.
Defensor asked former Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and now Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to give priority to the construction of a passenger terminal at Dumangas Roro port since it is a vital infrastructure for the development of both the Province of Iloilo and the Province of Negros Occidental.
Defensor observed that the present passenger terminal, which is an open shed structure, cannot adequately provide protection to passengers from extreme heat during summer or inclement weather during rainy months.
Further, the area can no longer accommodate the port’s growing passenger traffic, especially during peak months or holidays, because its seating capacity is only good for 45 persons, at most.
The government allotted a budget of P13.9 million for the construction of the 680-square meter passenger terminal at Dumangas port.
Meanwhile, Governor Defensor also allotted substantial budget for the repair of the Dumangas-Balabag provincial road which leads to the Roro port.
He allotted P7 million for the project in the 2011 provincial budget while an additional P5 million from the League of Provinces of the Philippines was poured into the road project early this year. (PR)