ILOILO CITY: A new terminal for fastcraft and roll on- roll off vessels will be inaugurated on September 5 at Barangay Progreso, Lapuz in this city.
This was announced by Ilonggo Senate President Franklin Drilon after the project’s successful dry run on August 15.
The P200-million project was constructed by the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) to decongest the Muelle Loney side of the Iloilo River wharf and clean the river.
Drilon also said the long dream project includes the construction of berthing facilities, construction of passenger terminal building, site development and dredging of berthing area at a design depth.
Additional works are being rushed to beat the deadline an these includes landscaping and greening to be completed by August 31 at the cost of P0.92 million; repair of apron such as concreting of curbs and gutter, pathwalk, drainage and streetlights costing P13.1 million; additional facilities and amenities such as electrical system, tower lights, street lights, water supply system, elevate water tank, reservoir, powerhouse and pumphouse costing P13 million; and the clearing and demolition of structures along the river wharf at Muelle Loney amounting P3.2 million.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the new terminal for fastcrafts and the roro will provide easy access and safe and comfortable sea travel for passengers going to Bacolod in Negros Occidental and Cagayancillo in Palawan.