The Manila North Harbor Port Inc. (MNHPI) said on Wednesday that the Philippines now has a world-class passenger terminal for sea travelers that is ready to receive 2 million to 3 million passengers a year.
The facility costs about P200 million.
“Yes, our country will finally have the infrastructure to receive 2 [million]to 3 million passengers a year, who wish to travel and explore the Philippine archipelago via riding our country’s finest vessels and shipping liners, without fear of being mugged or robbed,” said Dr. Michael Romero, MNHPI chairman.
“The first international cruiser line will come by November 2 and 3,” he added.
MNHPI also said that out of a total investments it promised since 2010, the group led by Ramon Ang of Petron and San Miguel, and Romero have invested P4 billion into MNHI, while another P5 billion has contracted out for various port development projects.
“Total investment today is P4 billion, P5 billion is being spent right now,” Romero said.
“I can safely say that this is the most modern and one of the best passenger terminal buildings in the whole Southeast Asia. It should be a true source of pride for the Philippine nation,” he added.
Besides the passenger terminal building (PTB), the modernization of the MNHI spans the whole 56-hectare facility.
In 2010, the MNHI could only handle between one and two container movements an hour. With the brand-new cranes and equipments, 18 to 25 container movements an hour could be achieved.
“In this cutting-edge PTB, the wheels of progress will now redefine the image of Tondo and the landscape of the city of Manila. This new infrastructure will propel the Philippines into the tourism hub that we have dreamed of,” Romero added.
Rosalie C. Periabras