The Davao-GenSan-Bitung Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) service could create additional sea and air linkages in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) in the future, a Mindanao official said.
Abul Khayr Alonto, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair, said he expects “more transactions among business partners as a result of the Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea link.”
The new sea link will make the Philippines and Indonesian backdoor cities even busier trading hubs, he added.
Alonto said it is “necessary to establish a direct air connectivity” and more sea routes from Davao City to Bitung as a result of the new trade link.
He said that Malaysia is also eyeing air links to Davao City and Palawan.
“Definitely, air connectivity is necessary for the movement of people,” Alonto said.
The Davao-GenSan-Bitung RoRo service will be launched on Sunday, April 30 in Kudos, Sasa Port by President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The route will be serviced by Super Shuttle RoRo, which is owned by Asian Marine Transport Corporation.