As part of the national government’s flagship infrastructure plan—Build Build Build—numerous ports in the country underwent rehabilitation and restoration, specifically those in remote areas. 

Included in this ambitious project was the Dumangas Port, which serves as the main harbor for cargo ships between Dumangas, Iloilo-Bacolod, and Negros Occidental. 

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Dumangas Port received a new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) and underwent a significant expansion to accommodate more vessels. 

With this, the maritime connectivity of the harbor was boosted. On top of that, the travel of goods, people, and ships was also improved. 

“Kabilang sa mga ito ang ang rehabilitasyon ng Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), at road widening, habang ongoing naman ang konstruksyon ng Back-up area ng pantalan na inaasahang matatapos sa 1st quarter ng 2022,” the department wrote on a post. 

“Kaya naman, tuloy-tuloy na ang mas mabilis at komportableng biyahe ng mga pasahero, kargamento, at produkto sa lugar,” it added. 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said besides better connectivity and accommodation, the Dumangas Port is expected to improve Iloilo’s economy, tourism, and provide more livelihood opportunities for locals. 

“Bukod sa hatid nitong improved connectivity at mobility, sisigla pang lalo ang turismo sa lugar, at lalawak pa ang economic at livelihood opportunities sa lalawigan ng Iloilo, at ng buong Western Visayas,” the secretary emphasized. 

See the before and after below!

Photo from DOTr

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Image credit: DOTr