P40 million funds to expand Lamitan port PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 September 2012 13:55

Lamitan is indeed a fast growing city in Basilan.

A P40 million project which will expand its local port is soon to be implemented courtesy of the Office of the Regional ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between Lamitan City government represented by Mayor Roderick Furigay and Gov. Hataman, witnessed by Basilan Governor Jum J. Akbar the other day, for the intended fund to be transferred into the account of the local government unit and for its implementation. A groundbreaking was done in the exact site where to establish additional facilities for the port of Lamitan.

Under the same MOA, the local government unit of Lamitan will take responsibility in so far as the supervision and management of the new facility which will include the appropriate fees that will be collected from port users.

Gov. Hataman said he thought of expanding Lamitan port because of its potential to become the economic center of Basilan as it is the capital town of the province.

With the expansion of the port, Gov. Hataman foresees the economic growth with the ambition of making such as one of the prime ports in the country that can host big vessels and would probably open a direct shipment of goods all the way to Subic port and Metro Manila.

Amazed by the new face of Lamitan, Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar vowed to share funds from the provincial office in order to contribute for the growth of Lamitan as she commends the leadership of the visionary mayor.

In his message, Furigay stressed the significant of the port expansion project which will eventually play an important role as it is the gateway of their economic activities.

At present, Lamitan is the center of trade of the municipalities like Tipo-Tipo, Moj. Adjul, Unkayapukan, Akbar and some parts of Sumisip.

Aside from the port expansion, Furigay, Hataman and Akbar also led the groundbreaking ceremony of the concreting of roads from Barangay Limo-ok  to Balobo-Bulingan up to Lo-ok worth of P5 million.
The road network connects Lamitan to six more upper Barangays whose main livelihood is farming both seasonal and perennial crops such as coffee, rubber, coconut and many others.
“The economic activity in the area will surely increase as the concreting of roads will enable our farmers to obtain a better price of their farm products,” Furigay said.—Jimmy Villaflores