Malaysia-Palawan trade route test run set this month

The Palawan-Kudat sea trade is expected to happen within the next two or three months. (file photo)

The roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) Palawan-Kudat sea trade link of the BIMP-EAGA will have a dry run on February 18 to 21, the provincial government’s information officer told Palawan News on Friday.

Information officer Gil Acosta Jr. said they expect the RoRo to officially start operating in March with FastCat ferry service.

“Ngayong February ay dry run muna para ma-test lahat tapos sa Marso doon na ang regular ng byahe,” Acosta said.

He added that a pen is now being constructed in Buliluyan, Bataraza to serve as storage of products that will be traded in Malaysia.

“Right now ‘yong province nag-e-establish na ng malaking pen dyan sa Buliluyan para from Palawan to Malaysia makapagbenta tayo kasi doon ‘yong market sa Malaysia and predominantly Muslim, so its either goat or cow,” Acosta said.

Officials from Kudat, he added, will join the dry run to see the island town of Balabac, and experience the beauty of its natural attractions.

Bukod pa dito, inaasahan sa naturang dry run ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang ilang opisyales mula sa Kudat, Malaysia na makapunta sa bayan ng Balabac upang maipamalas sa mga ito ang itinatagong ganda ng munisipyo.

Representatives from other government agencies will also join to evaluate sailing procedure, and determine how the ferry line would keep its passengers safe.

They will be from the Department of Transportation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Ports Authority, MARINA, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Mindanao Development Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Malaysian Embassy, Palawan mayors, and members of the BIMP-EAGA committee in Congress.

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