House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took her “final sentimental journey” to revisit roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) projects in Cebu a few weeks before she retires from public office.
On Monday, Arroyo visited Taloot Port in Argao and Liloan Port in Santander. The ports were built under her administration.
Arroyo spearhead the RoRo system in 2003 when she was president.
The system was part of the 919-kilometer strong republic nautical highway that connected the major islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through an integrated network of highway and vehicular ferry routes.
It was aimed to reduce transport cost through a wider coverage of a nautical highway program among private commercial ports.
As a result of Arroyo’s initiatives through the House oversight functions, 19 new missionary RoRo routes were established in different parts of the country this year, according to the Maritime Industry Authority.
Four routes are already operational.
Nine more missionary routes will be opened, based on the recommendation of the shipping industry.
There are currently 140 RoRo routes all over the country, servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers.
Former president Benigno Aquino 3rd had canceled 66 of 72 RoRo projects due for construction, as these were alleged “sources of corruption.”
Arroyo said she was “extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism, and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro system.”
The Speaker earlier said she would be writing her memoirs and take on the role of a consultant of Pampanga after she steps down from office.