THE Jordan Motorbanca Cooperative (JMBC) launched its newly acquired fiberglass vessel on October 31, 2021 at Jordan Wharf in Barangay Rizal, Jordan, Guimaras.

The Jordan Ferry 6 will ply the Jordan-Iloilo route, vice versa.

The newest addition to the JMBC's fleet costs P7 million, which was acquired through the assistance of the Provincial Government of Guimaras.

The Provincial Government has granted the cooperative P3 million of financial assistance to purchase the vessel.

The financial grant was awarded to JMBC last January 3, 2021.

Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz acknowledged the Provincial Government for the support given to the JMBC.

Corpuz is grateful for the cooperation between the local government of Jordan and the Provincial Government.

He said the additional fiberglass boat is a great help to meet the growing demand of the riding public in Guimaras, particularly from the municipalities of Jordan, Nueva Valencia, and Sibunag.

Chief Petty Officer Estelyn Agaccid and CP PO2 Rhunstedt Velasco of the Philippine Coast Guard-Guimaras, Louielyn Baldostamon of the Provincial Economic Development Office, and the JMBC Board of Directors were also present during the launching ceremony.

The JMBC targets to operationalize 16 units of fiberglass vessels by the end of December 2021.

Currently, it has 11 operational units plying the Jordan-Iloilo City route daily.

Due to the phase-out of the wooden-hulled motorbancas plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa, the Province of Guimaras is pursuing the modernization of the sea transport. (PR)