Cagayan’s Port Irene undergoes repair

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SANTA ANA, Cagayan: The breakwater in Barangay Casambalangan here which was partly damaged by Typhoon Ineng (Goni) on August 20, 2015, is undergoing repair to protect the aging and deteriorating structures in Port Irene, originally built during the time of President Ferdinand Marcos.

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Joyce Marie Calimag, of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Public Relations Office, said Port Irene Breakwater Project contractor, Santa Elena Construction and Development Corp. (SECDC), has moved in its equipment to start the repairs and prevent further damage.

Calimag added that since it is covered by warranty, the total cost for repairs will be shouldered by the contractor, at no cost to the government.

About 500 meters of Port Irene breakwater’s crown above sea level surface was affected, although CEZA engineers said the whole structure still remains substantially intact. The contractor estimated reparation cost at between P60 million and P80 million.

The breakwater serves to protect the coastline of Casambalangan from strong waves and destructive tidal surges.

CEZA officer-in-charge Julian Gonzales said the breakwater project is part of the ecozone’s thrust to make the Cagayan Freeport a major economic hub for international shipping lanes in the northeastern part of Luzon.

CEZA was created under Republic Act 7922 or the Cagayan Special Economic Zone Act of 1995 by President Fidel Ramos to manage and supervise the development of the 54,118 hectares Cagayan Freeport covering entire Santa Ana town and the islands of Fuga, Barit and Mabbag in Aparri town.

LEANDER C. DOMINGO

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