Martinez to pursue port project, seeks help from guv

IMG_2451Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. asked the province to help them pursue its P130 million Pulangbato port development project.

Martinez presented the feasibility study of the project together with the city’s master development plan to Governor Hilario P. Davide III at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 18.

Martinez said he already presented the project to Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Emilio Abaya. But he said it would be better if the governor can talk about the project straight to the President for possible funding.

Davide said it is a good project, which will improve the economy in the north. It will also complement the trans-axial highway project, which he is advocating.

In fact, the governor said that based on the feasibility study of the project during the time of the late Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez, the construction of ports and reclamation areas are two of the components of the project.

Davide said there would be a joint study on the project between the Capitol and the city of Bogo.

Martinez enthused that the project will open up huge possibilities for the city. He said the city has a45-hectare special economic zone declared during the term of former President Joseph Estrada.

But most of the would-be locators would look for a better port to transport their raw materials and finished products.

City Planning and Development Officer Carlo Fernando said the current port needs dredging and expansion to cater bigger Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) vessels.

Logarta said Medallion shipping lines expressed interest to use the port because it would give them faster travel time to Luzon.

Currently, the RoRo buses pass Toledo City, San Carlos City, Bacolod City, and Iloilo City. Once established, the buses would go straight from Cebu City to Sorsogon.

The Bogocity government has been granted provisional right by the Cebu Port Authority to run the facility.However, more development is needed, which is why they are asking for the Governor’s support and help in making representations for funding from the national government. Xerxes Alkuino