TUBURAN town in northwestern Cebu plans to spend P200 million to expand its port so it can expand vessel capacity by six, according to the Cebu Provincial Government.

At present, the Port of Tuburan, which serves the Tuburan-Escalante, Negros Occidental route, can accommodate only one cargo vessel, Sugbo News, the official news platform of the Capitol, cited Tuburan Mayor Danilo Diamante as saying in a Facebook post on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Diamante made the announcement during a meeting at the Cebu Provincial Capitol with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu Port Authority (CPA) General Manager Leonilo Miole.

With the expansion, the Tuburan port would be able to accommodation as many as six cargo vessels at a time, the mayor said.

From the Port of Tuburan, vessels can ferry passengers and cargoes to Escalante in just 90 minutes, which is also about the same amount of time it would take people from Cebu City to get to Tuburan via the Transcentral Highway.

During the same meeting, Diamante asked the CPA to reduce its charges in the Tuburan port to only 10 percent from the present 50 percent of gross income.

Governor Garcia endorsed the mayor’s request to Miole, asking him to grant Diamante’s request since the CPA did not invest in the port’s development anyway, according to Sugbo News.