On Saturday (September 25), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) officially unveiled the new and improved Lucena Port.
Transport Secretary Art Tugade and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago led the inauguration of the overhauled port facility.
As part of its revamp, the port was given its own dedicated PPA Port Operations Building (POB), an additional reinforced concrete pier, a backup area, and a new mooring and fendering system.
Before, PPA had to rent a commercial building to conduct its operations at the port.
“Noon, walang sariling opisina ang PPA sa Port of Lucena na pinapangasiwaan ng PPA PMO Marinduque or Quezon, kundi sa isang nire-rentahang commercial building lamang sa siyudad ng Lucena, Quezon Province, sa loob ng ilang dekada. Dahil dito, usad-pagong ang mga transaksyon ng pantalan. Kapos na kapos din ang pasilidad ng port upang makatanggap ng mga barko, pasahero at rolling cargoes,” Tugade explained in a Facebook post.
But now that measures have been put into place, the roll-on and roll-off traffic in Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon will be significantly improved.
According to Santiago, the port will be able to accommodate more ships for berthing and cargo transport – boosting the area’s economic activity and opportunities.
“Lucena Port is very vital to the economies of Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon. However, it is bugged by some congestion not only during peak seasons but almost through the whole year thus, choking the growth of the three provinces. This, we wanted to address swiftly,” he said.
“Now, with the new pier already in place, vessel congestion is expected to ease up and likewise ensure the faster commercial turnaround of vessels,” he added.
DOTr adds that the changes will also lessen the cost of logistics and shipping fees in the Port of Lucena.
Here’s a before and after look at the Lucena Port!
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Image credit: DOTr’s Official Facebook Page