Gov’t plans terminals for cruise liners

CST_to_Quay-borderThe government plans to privatize major ports in Mindanao and to develop terminals for international cruise liners in eight different tourism destinations across the country, according to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Part of PPA’s plans after marking its 40th founding anniversary last Friday is to privatize the operation and maintenance of the ports of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga.

PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said the PPA Board is studying the recommendations of the two consultants hired to conduct the feasibility study on the privatization of Davao port.

In support of the national government’s tourism goals, PPA is also planning to “jump start” the cruise industry in the country.

Sta. Ana said the PPA is planning to develop hubs for cruise liners in eight different ports including Davao, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Metro Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, and Zamboanga, which make us the major nautical cruise arteries of the Philippines.

“The PPA has lined up several infrastructure projects to support the booming cruise industry after the Philippines has become one of the major cruise destinations in Asia. It has also lined up various port programs for the development of cruise terminals in the ports of Puerto Princesa, Currimao in Ilocos Norte and Catagbacan in Bohol,” he added.

The PPA also plans to establish vessel traffic management systems (VTMS) in Daan Bantayan, Cebu and Isla Verde in Batangas to improve navigational safety in the area.

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