After suffering significant damage from the magnitude 7.2 quake that shook Bohol in 2013, Maribojoc Port has finally been restored—only this time, it’s better than before. 

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), it was in 2018 when Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, in collaboration with the Philippine Ports Authority, ordered the rehabilitation and improvement of the port. 

“Noong 2018, personal na nakita ni Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade ang kaawa-awang sitwasyon ng Port of Maribojoc sa Bohol. Ito ay halos dalawang dekadang natengga at napabayaan, at bugbog pa sa 7.2 magnitude na lindol noong 2013,” the department wrote in Facebook post. 

Thereafter, the reconstruction of the Maribojoc Port commenced immediately. 

As part of its restoration, the harbor was expanded to accommodate more ships and cargo. Its causeway was also strengthened, lights were installed, a back up area with RoRo ramp on fill was created, and a breasting dolphin was added. 

Work on the port was officially finished in May this year and operations resumed the same month. 

With upgrades now fully realized, the port will now be able to support the Tagbilaran Port. 

“Magsisilbing cargo terminal at alternative port ang Port of Maribojoc, upang tulungang mapagaan at mapaluwag ang cargo traffic sa Port of Tagbilaran,” Tugade said. 

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Image credit: DOTr