The Port of Ubay used to be run-down, unkempt and crowded. However, after receiving a much-needed upgrade – courtesy of the combined efforts of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) – it’s now a shining example of what an effective harbor should be. 

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, Ubay Port was unable to function as intended due to how dilapidated and outdated it was. 

“NOON, sira-sira, masikip, at tanging maliliit na bangkang de motor lamang ang kayang serbisyuhan ng Port of Ubay sa lalawigan ng Bohol,” Tugade wrote in a Facebook post

But now, it’s been transformed to better perform what it’s been set out to do. In fact, its rehabilitation was kept in motion even during the pandemic to ensure that it will e of help to the region of Bohol as soon as possible. 

“Sa gitna ng pandemya, itinulak ng DOTr at PPA na ayusin at palawakin ang Port of Ubay, kung kaya’t ngayon ay natapos na namin ang konstruksyon ng reinforced concrete pier nito,” Tugade noted. 

“NGAYON, maaliwalas, kaaya-aya, at ligtas na ang Port of Ubay. Kaya na rin nitong serbisyuhan ang mga medium-sized Ro-Ro na maghahatid ng mga produkto sa Samar-Leyte area, Cebu, at ibang bahagi ng Mindanao,” he shared. 

As part of its restoration, the port was expanded to accommodate more ships and incoming cargo. 

Aside from this, it will also receive a new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), where people can rest and stay comfortably – expected to be finished by next year. 

Tugade said Port of Ubay’s updates will greatly benefit the people of Bohol, specifically when it comes to trade and tourism. 

“Dahil sa mga pasilidad na ito, natutugunan na ng pantalan ang mga pangangailangan para sa masiglang kalakalan, gayundin ang maaasahang biyahe ng mga kargamento at pasahero sa lalawigan ng Bohol.”

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Image credit: DOTr