THE Cebu Port Authority (CPA) is continually upgrading terminals in Cebu.
The public will soon enjoy the facilities of the P50-million passenger Terminal 2 in Pier 3, which will be inaugurated this Friday.
CPA General Manager Edmund Tan told the audience of the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) yesterday that the new terminal will decongest passenger traffic in Terminal 1 in Pier 1.
Terminal 1 was inaugurated last year by Transportation and Communication Secretary Antonio Abaya. The terminal also cost CPA some P50 million.
Terminal 2, just like Terminal 1, boasts of modern facilities, said Tan.
Terminal 2 will cater to all fast-craft shipping companies.
Currently, there are eight fast-craft companies berthing in different piers.
“The Terminal 3 will solve it. If a passenger will hire a taxi to take a fast-craft, the driver already knows where to drop him,” Tan said.
Tan said that the two passenger terminals are fully air-conditioned, with gender-sensitive facilities such as diaper-changing stations, breastfeeding rooms, meditation rooms, and first aid station or clinic with a standby nurse.
Tan said that like Terminal 1, Terminal 2 has security screening, X-ray scanners for baggage and walk-thru metal detectors for passengers.
“The terminal fee is waived for senior citizens, PWDs (persons with disabilities) and children below 12 years old. The terminal has digital screens for status of trips, trolleys, among others,” Tan said.
Tan said that after the inauguration of Terminal 2, CPA will then work on the construction of the P350-million Passenger Terminal 3 in Pier 4, which was the site of the old 2Go and Supercat Terminal that was damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15, 2013.
Terminal 3 will also be for the exclusive berthing of fast-craft vessels.
The management of the nearby Robinson's Galleria-Cebu plans to construct a skywalk or flyover from the mall to Terminal 3.