The provincial government is aiming to complete the construction of three Roro (roll-on-roll-off) ports in Palawan by next year in anticipation of the opening of the province’s trade route to Malaysia.
Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said the port projects located in Barangay Buliluyan in Bataraza which is the southern tip of the province, and in Coron and El Nido, will accommodate the anticipated trade with Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has allocated P125-M for the project as part of the government’s plans for the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) sub-region.
Acosta said the three ports are currently undergoing expansion and is designed to boost the local tourism and agriculture industry.
“Kapag natapos ito napakalaking bagay sa tourism pati sa agriculture dahil ‘yong ating produkto iti-trade natin doon sa kanila,” he said.
“Yong sa Malaysia, okay na. Sa atin nahuli lang ng isang taon kaya hopefully ngayon lang matatapos,” he added.
Acosta said the port located in Borac, Coron will establish a link to Mindoro, Calapan, Batangas and National Capital Region (NCR). The port in San Fernando, El Nido will also connect to Buliluyan via sea travel.
Acosta said the Buliluyan Port is slated to launch a special voyage to Kudat, Malaysia either on December 8 or 11.
The (BIMP-EAGA) is a sub-regional economic cooperation among developing economies in the East ASEAN region, namely the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan in Malaysia, the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the provinces of North Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku and West Papua in Indonesia and the island of Mindanao and province of Palawan in the Philippines.