San Fernando port project halted

FOR five months, work on the P336 million port project in San Fernando town in southern Cebu has been suspended due to the lack of construction materials.

Cebu Port Authority (CPA) information officer Maryknoll Bolasa told SunStar Cebu Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 that WTG Construction and Development Corp. had stopped work on the construction in June as the materials had not yet arrived from Subic in Luzon.

The project involves demolishing the current dilapidated port and building a new roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) facility.

Bolasa said the CPA’s P336 million budget for the project does not include the steel sheet piles which the latter can get from the Bureau of Customs in Subic.

“Sa pagkakaron gi-halt nila (WTG Construction) ang construction. DOTr (Department of Transportation) funded man ni. Unya parts sa items as published namo sa pag-bidding ani ang steel (sheet) piles available na kay naa sa Subic kay gi-donate sa Bureau of Customs. Unya pwede gamiton sa mga port projects, so wala siya giapil sa computation sa budget,” Bolasa said.

(Currently, WTG Construction halted the construction. This is funded by the DOTr, and the items as published in the bidding include steel (sheet) piles donated by the Bureau of Customs that are already available in Subic and can be used in port projects. So we did not include them in the budget).

“The DOTr still needs to settle the storage fee before it can haul the steel sheet piles from a warehouse in Subic and bring them to San Fernando,” Bolasa added in Cebuano.

She said the contractor can resume work once the steel sheet pipes that will be used for the port’s foundation become available.

WTG began work on the San Fernando port project located in Barangay Poblacion on Dec. 30, 2021 with the view to completing it in May 2023.

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