After more than four years of painstaking work, the upgrading of Currimao Port has finally been completed.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the harbor has been completely transformed since improvement works started back in 2017 – undertaken together with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Before, the port, which is located in Ilocos Norte, had limited space and was prone to overcrowding.
“Noon, siksikan sa daungan ang mga barkong humihimpil sa Port of Currimao, sa Ilocos Norte, dahil makitid at masikip ito. Dati rin, ang mga cruise ship na dumadaong sa port ay kinakailangan pang gumamit ng mga pontoon at tenders upang maibaba ang mga turista,” the department wrote in a Facebook post.
However, through vital improvements, the harbor is now able to accommodate more vessels, especially cruise ships. Arriving passengers and tourists also have an easier time entering the community.
On top of this, Currimao Port also received a new operations building.
“Kabilang na rito ang napakalawak at modernong Port Operations Building (POB), kung saan ito na ang magiging sentro ng operasyon ng PPA Port Management Office – North Luzon,” DOTr hared.
“Bilang isa sa mga inihahanda ng PPA para sa Cruise Tourism, ang Port of Currimao ay magiging handang-handa na na tumanggap ng mga malalaking barko na magpapalakas ng turismo at ekonomiya ng lugar,” it added.
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said these improvements will help boost the tourism industry of the region and make it more attractive to investors.
Besides the finished developments, the port of Currimao will also receive a new building that will hose three maritime law agencies. Meanwhile, another expansion project will occur within the year.
“Maliban sa mga natapos nang proyekto rito, ongoing naman ang konstruksyon ng isang law enforcement building sa complex, para sa maritime law enforcement agencies tulad ng PPA Port Police, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), at Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Ang karagdagang expansion project para sa port na 1.8 hectares ay nakatakda na ring simulan sa first quarter ng taon.”
In a post, DOTr provided a look into the new Port of Currimao. See it below!
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Image credit: Tourism Ilocos Norte