PPA allots P7B for 46 new ports
State-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has earmarked P7.1 billion this year for the construction of 46 ports across the country.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said better port facilities would strengthen the country’s tourism and bolster the Philippines’ appeal as a cruise destination.
Tugade said the new port projects were in line with the government’s promise to provide the public with facilities that will enable them to have a comfortable and efficient travel and transportation.
PPA completed 21 projects as of April this year. These include the provision of a baggage x-ray room at the screening area of the Dapitan Port in Zamboanga del Norte, port road widening in Dumangas, Iloilo, and alternate access road project in Iligan, Lanao del Norte.
Last year, 40 projects worth over P2.9 billion were completed. These are the P476 million gantry crane project in Zamboanga City and P593 million crane project in Makar, South Cotabato; P157 million port expansion in Larena, Siquijor; and the P48 million wharf widening project in the Pasig River.