Authorities eye to re-open port-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE authorities are studying the possibility to re-open the port of Zamboanga City to be able to resume regular boat trips for passengers, a Philippine Ports Authority official said.
The port of Zamboanga has been closed since the standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front rebels infiltrated the city.
However, authorities allow cargo vessels to dock and depart the port of Zamboanga on arranged trips to ensure steady flow of food supplies in the city and in the nearby areas of the region.
The port of Zamboanga serves as the transshipment points of passengers and cargoes to and from the other parts of the region.
Port manager Engineer Liberto Dela Rosa said they have already discussed in a meeting with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and security officials the possible resumption of regular boat trips to and from Zamboanga City.
Dela Rosa also met with officials of the different shipping lines, and discussed possible arrangements that would be adopted once the local port will resume regular operations.
He said it will depend on the decision of the Crisis Management Committee when to resume regular operations.