Cebu 1st District Rep. Gerald Anthony V. Gullas, Jr. said an additional P358 million has been allocated to upgrade the San Fernando Port which will form part of a new nautical highway directly connecting Batangas in Luzon and Misamis Oriental in Mindanao via Mindoro Oriental, Aklan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Bohol and Camiguin.
“The San Fernando Port in Cebu is getting P358 million in fresh funding to complete the central backbone of roll-on and roll-off (RORO) ferry services,” the politiko added.
Gulla, who is also the House Deputy Majority Leader, said additional funding has been included in the House-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act, and the port development project would be handled by the Cebu Port Authority, which is attached to the Department of Transportation.
“The San Fernando Port in Barangay South Poblacion will soon be able to efficiently receive and dispatch RORO ferry services,” Gullas said.
Located 30 kilometers south of Cebu City, San Fernando is part of the congressional district of Gullas.
The new nautical highway path will pass by ports in Batangas City in Batangas; Calapan City and the Municipality of Roxas in Oriental Mindoro; the Municipality of Malay in Aklan; the Municipality of Dumangas in Iloilo; Bacolod City and San Carlos City in Negros Occidental; and then through docks in Toledo City and San Fernando in Cebu.
From San Fernando, the maritime highway will go through piers in the Municipalities of Tubigon and Jagna in Bohol; the Municipalities of Mambajao and Mahinog in Camiguin; and then finally stop at harbors in the Municipality of Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental.
“The new route is expected to cut in a big way travel time by land and sea from Southern Luzon to Northern Mindanao,” Gullas added.
In his district, the politiko said he is counting on the upgrade of the San Fernando Port as nautical highway hub to boost economic activity as well as livelihood opportunities, particularly for low-income families.
The 919-kilometer nautical highway is a network of roads and port terminals developed by the national government to speed up the countrywide inter-island transfer of motor vehicles, passengers and goods using RORO boats.
Passenger bus companies and logistics providers now efficiently move people and products via the nautical highway.