DOTC allots P556M to upgrade 7 ports

Posted at 07/24/2012 2:38 PM | Updated as of 07/24/2012 2:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Ports Authority will spend P556 million to rehabilitate seven ports around the country, in anticipation of the increase in passenger volume.

The PPA, which is under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), will take the lead in the upgrade of the 7 ports located in Iloilo, Leyte, Albay, Dumaguete and Lucena.

"This is in anticipation of the increased number of passengers and cargoes in these ports... Through an open and transparent public bidding, we hope to generate interest among our local companies to take part in the government’s effort to provide a convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient, and safe sea transport system," Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said, in a statement.

The P183.2 million Iloilo commercial port project involves the construction of a back-up area, among others. For the Dumangas port in Iloilo, P63.2 million is allocated for the construction of a RoRo ramp, port lighting system and back-up area.

The other ports are Tabaco Port in Albay, the Ormoc Port in Leyte, the Lucena City Port, the Dumaguete City Port, and the Pio Duran Port also in Albay.

Earlier, DOTC set aside P93.8 million to rehabilitate municipal ports in Corcuera, Romblon; Placer, Surigao del Norte; Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, and Pili—all in Albay; Palid, Zamboanga Sibugay; and Melgar in Dinagat Island.