GenSan Port Makar for further upgrade


Aerial view of Makar port from General Santos City (File photo courtesy of PPA-Socsargen Port Management Office)

GENERAL CITY OF SANTOS – Other major projects are lined up at the port of Makar here in the coming months, in line with the continued modernization of the country’s port operations.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said development plans were being finalized for the continued modernization and expansion of the port’s existing facilities, which is a key component of the country’s national and international shipping routes. .

Tugade personally led the grand opening on Thursday afternoon of the new PHP 62.8 million Wharf Port Operations (POB) building and other support facilities implemented by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

“There will be other projects to come which we will announce in due course,” he told a press conference.

The PPA said the POB complex is a “state-of-the-art facility” which is expected to facilitate the movement of ships, cargo and other port-related traffic compared to its former complex.

Lawyer Cesar Dataya, head of the PPA-Socsargen port management office, said the new POB building houses its in-port customs clearance office, which is a one-stop-shop for various maritime transactions such as permit processing and clearance. documentation required for maritime and terminal services. , berthing, public assistance and complaints, and assessment and collection services.

“All transactions are now processed in the same building. Requirements that previously took seven days or more can now be accomplished in minutes and hours for complicated issues, ”he said, adding that the improved services would primarily benefit freight shippers and other customers and stakeholders. port.

Tugade urged PPA employees to make good use of the new improvements and strive to improve their performance.

He called on them to further reduce the processing time for all their transactions and create a “culture of non-corruption”.

“Clear fixer-uppers and kill corruption in any form.” Let us strive to work for the people and for good governance, ”he said.

The PPA is also pushing for the revival of passenger ferry services at the port of Makar.

Jay Daniel R. Santiago, managing director of PPA, said they were negotiating with various shipping companies for a possible expansion of their operations in the city and other parts of the country.

He said the move was based on instructions from the Secretary of Transportation.

“We have been in talks with the shipping companies for the opening of more ferry routes,” he said at Thursday’s press conference.

Santiago said one of his accomplishments to date has been the resumption of passenger services from 2Go Travel in the city of Davao.

Dataya said domestic passenger ferry services to Makar Port initially ceased in 2008 due to lack of customers.

He said 2Go Travel relaunched the route in 2018, serving Davao, Zamboanga, Iloilo and Manila, but it only lasted eight months.

The shipping company has been forced to cease operations due to mounting losses due to lack of passengers, he said.

Dataya said the port was being considered for a planned international sea route through the growing area of ​​Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and East Asia, but it was “still on the table”.

“Officials (concerned) are still determining which roads to open,” he said. (With a report by Allen V. Estabillo / PNA)

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