New fastcraft, RORO vessel terminal inauguration set

Iloilo City – Inauguration of the completed new terminal for fastcraft and roll-on-roll, off vessels at Barangay Progreso, Lapuz, this city, is set on September 5.

This was announced by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon after the project’s successful dry run last August 15. The over P200-million terminal was put up by the national government through the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) in a move to clean up Iloilo River and decongest the Muelle Loney side of Iloilo wharf.

Drilon, who is a native of Iloilo, said the project includes the construction of berthing facilities, construction of passenger terminal building, site development and dredging of berthing area at a design depth.

Additional work is being rushed to beat the deadline. Such work includes landscaping and greening at a cost of P0.92 million; repair of apron such as concreting of curbs and gutter, pathwalk, drainage and streetlights costing P13.1 million; additional facilities and amenities such as electrical system, tower lights, street lights, water supply system, elevate water tank, reservoir, powerhouse and pumphouse costing P13 million; and the demolition and clearing of structures along the river wharf at Muelle Loney at a cost of P3.2 million.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the new terminal for fastcraft and RORO vessels will provide easy access to sea travel for passengers going to Bacolod in Negros Occidental, Palawan and Cagayancillo.

The cleared Muelle Loney side of the Iloilo River will enhance the beauty and utility of the river as ideal venue for various water sports and cruises. It will also attract long line fishermen who may come here for their daily catch with no distractions from sea vessels, said Mabilog.