The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Tuesday said it is spending P158 million for the land reclamation and expansion of the port terminal in Coron, Palawan, to accommodate primarily the increasing demand for shipping and passengers in the area.
PPA Acting Port Manager Elvis R. Medalla told Palawan News Tuesday the land reclamation is still ongoing with 24 percent total accomplishment as of June 25.
Medalla said as of July 3, Tuesday, 39 concrete sheets piles were already driven into the ground to support earth retention and excavation, including rock works to avoid erosion.
He said PPA has accomplished 24 percent of the planned reclamation since the project started on January 22, 2018.
He added the PPA is aiming to complete the expansion by February of 2019 at the latest.
“Ngayon ongoing ang reclamation of back-up area of around 4, 800 square meters,” said Medalla.
According to their records, Coron has 1, 825 yearly calls of vessels docking in its port containing the total of more or less 250, 000 passengers.
Medalla explained the trend of passengers and ship calls has increased to 30 percent on 2017 and continued to rise this year due to the closing of Boracay.
“Lalo ngayong dahil nga noong naipasara ang Boracay,” he said.
Included in the project is the 51-meter extension of the existing 298-meter sea wharf to make room for the longer cruise ship vessels.
“The extension of the existing sea wharf, 51 meters, kasi we have existing of 298 linear meters. Mag-i-extend tayo ng 51 meters to accommodate doon sa mga dumarating ngayong cruise ship vessels na mas mahaba,” said Medalla.
Medalla reiterated this expansion will also be used for their future warehouse extension.
“Iyong back-up area na ‘yon doon kami mag-i-extend ng future extension ng warehouse. Kasi naka-expose lang ‘yong mga bottle cargos. Dapat nasa covered. Minsan kasi pagdating ng mga bottled cargos, puno na ‘yong warehouse namin,” he said.
Medalla pointed the completion of the expansion will give ease to their operations and better security for the passengers.
“Magkakaroon kami ng orderliness at pagdating sa safety at comfort ng ating mga pasahero, mas maibibigay natin ‘yong comfortable sila tsaka convenient,” he said.
Meanwhile, Medalla said after the accomplishment of this project on February 2019, PPA is going to push through another construction of a much bigger passenger terminal building in Coron port with 500 people capacity.
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