After undergoing a successful transformation, the Port of Tagbilaran is expected to significantly boost Bohol’s economy and tourism, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. 

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the port has truly been re-established after being left idle years after its devastation from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the region in 2013. 

“Naiwang nakatengga dahil sa pinsalang naidulot ng 7.2 magnitude na lindol ang Port of Tagbilaran sa Bohol. Nagdulot ito ng malaking epekto sa operations ng port, at higit sa lahat, sa pamumuhay ng ating mga kababayan na gumagamit nito,” he wrote on Facebook. 

However, now, the port is a far cry from the tatters it used to be, evolving into an asset for the region rather than a liability. 

“NGAYON, mayroon nang improved maritime connectivity at mobility sa isla, at naging susi ito sa pagbukas ng napakaraming oportunidad para sa ating mga kababayan sa lugar. Mas seamless na rin ang daloy ng port operations, at komersyo,” DOTr said. 

As part of its restoration and upgrade, the Tagbilaran Port received a new passenger terminal building, which significantly improved its accommodations. From 497, the port can now service 1,100 people. 

Besides this, a new fast craft berth and covered walkway were also installed. Facilities were also improved for people’s comfort and safety. 

With the upgrades now in place, Tugade said commerce, trade, and tourism will improve in Bohol. 

“Ngayon, inaasahang mas maayos at seamless na ang operations sa port, at mas gaganda pa ang daloy ng komersyo, ekonomiya at turismo sa lugar.”

Here’s a before and after!

Photo from DOTr

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Image credit: DOTr