ILOILO CITY, March 3 (PIA6) - - The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is setting aside some P180 million to fund the expansion and improvement of Dumangas Port in Dumangas, Iloilo.
This was announced by Senate President Franklin Drilon and later confirmed by PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana when they inspected the Dumangas Port recently.
Drilon said the P180 million budget allocation is not dependent on the feasibility study that will be conducted by the PPA starting next month and will run for six months.
“The feasibility study is for purposes of future expansion, kon ano kadaku nga expansion ang himuon naton para sa Dumangas port kay ina tun-an anay (the extent of the expansion which will be done for the Dumangas port will be studied first),” said Drilon.
He said that if the feasibility study will justify it, Dumangas Port will be the port of the province of Iloilo and the whole of Panay.
Drilon further said that a port efficiently run is the anchor to a progressive municipality and utltimately, the port will create a city.
“So, once the study is done and will see that indeed Dumangas port is the future port, I can see that Dumangas will be the premier municipality and ultimately a premier city in the whole of Panay with the port,”Drilon said.
Dumangas port presents a very viable alternative to the Iloilo Commercial Port which is now facing siltation problems as it is located at the mouth of the Iloilo River, according to Drilon.
The road networks around the port will also be improved so that it will be easier for travelers and motorists who use the Dumangas Port which is an alternate route in going to Bacolod City from Iloilo using the services of the Roll-on Roll-off vessels.
“As we move forward we would need a very efficient port facility, with the Jalaur River Dam we can see the pace of the economy in the province to be moving faster and therefore we need a good port facility,” said Drilon.
Dumangas port operates 24/7 and has an average of around 2,000 passengers a day.
Mayor Rolando Distura said that he is very happy that prominent officials like Drilon and Governor Arthur Defensor who both traced their roots back in Dumangas help push progress in the municipality as it looks forward and prepares to become a premier town or city in the province.
Governor Arthur Defensor and other municipal officials also joined Drilon and Sta. Ana during the inspection. (JCM/LAF/PIA6)