More than four months after the improved Babak Port was opened, the transfer of goods and the accommodation of cargo ships has been significantly improved in the city of Samal in Davao Del Norte, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In a Facebook post, the agency underscored the positive changes the port introduced into the area after being overhauled.

“Ngayon, mas komportable at kumbinyente na ang mga pasahero dahil mas malawak na ang pantalan.”

DOTr said the port’s space was very limited before repairs were implemented and it proved to be detrimental for tourism, goods, and the city’s overall economy.

“Noon, siksikan at bilad sa araw ang mga pasaherong naghihintay ng kanilang biyahe sa Port of Babak sa Samal, Davao del Norte,” the agency wrote.

“Kulang din ang pasilidad upang sabay-sabay na maserbisyuhan ang mga bangka at Ro-Ro na nagdadala ng pasahero, turista at mga kargamento sa lugar,” DOTr added.

However, the DOTr intervened and collaborated with the Philippine Ports Authority and the local government of Samal.

“Upang matugunan ang mga ito, pinagsumikapan ng DOTr, PPA, at lokal na pamahalaan na tapusin ang Port Operations Building (POB) at Terminal ng pantalan.”

As part of its upgrades, the Port of Babak was significantly expanded to accommodate more passengers and cargo.

It also received a new terminal building, which can now hold 250 passengers at one time.

The project is part of the government’s flagship infrastructure program – Build! Build! Build! (BBB).

Repairs and renovations were completed in December 2020 and it was officially re-opened in May of this year.

Here’s a before and after:

Photo from DOTr

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Image credit: DOTr