The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has started the implementation of the P326-Million port expansion project in Puerto Princesa City.
The ongoing project involves mainly the construction of more than one-hectare back up area or specifically some 13,340.50 square meters of reclaimed area within the seaport.
It is programmed in the PPA’s last year funding and its completion is expected after 540 days.
The project is seen to accommodate fast crafts docking the city’s seaport and expected to increase economic activities within the locality.
The PPA through Elizalde Ulzon, Acting Port Manager, seeks the endorsement from the City Government of Puerto Princesa and Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) in support for their application for Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The EMB has previously issued an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to the existing port’s facilities and its operations within 71,623.9 square meters area such as Roro ramp, anchorage, passenger terminal area, port integrated clearance offices, parking area, storage facility, port lighting system, standby power supply, etc.
The port of Puerto Princesa is a major port of entry and plays an important role in the transport of goods and passengers. Similarly, it serves as a major player in the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines -East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) program created to promote investment, trade and tourism in the region.