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Wnlnnsoav / |uNE 19,2019


Ro-Ro routes opeiled

Arroyo says governtnent committed to strengt[en PH nautical highway
By Dale G. lsrael

CEBU CITY-AI least 28 new.

routes for roll-on, roll-off (Ro-
Ro) ships are being develoPed
or revived across the country,
connecting several islands
mostly in theVisayas and Min-
danao, reports from the PhiliP-
pine Ports Authority (PPA) said. lJE
Among these are nine mis-
sionary or new routes Pro-
posed by ptivatd shiPPing
firms this year, according to
the PPA as it revealed its Plans
of strengthening the nautical
highway in the country.
Two of the ports being ser-
viced by Ro-Ro vessels in Cebu LINKING pH ISLANDS tn this photo in 2OO8, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leads
province were insPected bY the launching of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, a major project of her administration to
lint<tfre couniry's islands, in the port of Bulan in Sorsogon province. The Ro-Ro vessel sailed
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Ar-
royo during her visit to the Allen, Samar. -LYN RtLLoN
provinces of Cebu and Negros
Oriental on Mondar
Arroyo went to Taloot Arroyo, who served as Pres- the food basket and Luzon is that will be oPened this Year '
wharf in Argao town, Cebu, ident from 2oo1 to zoro, said it the market. There are so many are Taytay to CuYo in Palawan
which is now served by a Ro-Ro was during her administration expenses in shiPPing. There province; Lucena CitY (Quezon)
vessel to and from Loon town that the government started to was an old ADB studY on how to Romblon; San Andres, Que-
and Tagbilaran City in Bohol develop Ro-Ro routes initiallY to bypass all of that (exPenses) zon, to Burias, Romblon; and
province. to cut down costs in transport- and that is the Ro-Ro system," San ]ose, Occidental Mindoro,
ing agricultural products from she said. to Batangas.
Agri products the regions. Arroyo, who will end her The government this Year is
She also inspected the Port She.cited an Asian DeveloP- term as PamPanga representa- also targeting to connect via
tive on June 3o, welcomed the Ro-Ro DaanbantaYan town in
of Santander town, where ment Bank (ADB) study for the
Cebu to CalbaYog CitY; Tabue-
routes to Sibulan in Negros Philippines showing that Prices Duterte administration's ef-
of agricultural Products had in- forts to revive what she de- lan in Cebu to Iloilo CitY; and
Oriental, Siquijor province and
creased due to the high cost of scribed as her Pet Project. Loay, Bohol, to CagaYan de Oro
Tagbilaran City are being de-
transportation. With the Ro-Ro City.
A Ro-Ro service from Oslob; systen-, expenses will be less- More routes, Passengers Next Year, new Ro-Ro
"It worked and ... it boosted routes will be oPened in San
Cebu, to Dumaguete CitY is also ened because the prgduce will
expected to start during the no longer have tb be unloaded . tourism. First it was for car: Juan, Batangas, to CalaPan CitY,
from trucks and loaded onto goes; now it has develoPed fur- Oriental Mindoro; Iloilo CitY to
last quarter of this year.
ther with more routes and Pas- Cuyo, Palawan; Masbate to Ca-
In Argao, PPA officials ships, she said.
cha ceid marines Sur: artd Romblon to