PPA allocates P13M to build passenger terminal in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:41

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has allocated P13 million for the construction of a new passenger terminal at the local wharf.

Port manager Liberto Dela Rosa said the construction of the new terminal is set to start either next month or in March and it is targeted to be completed before the end of 2014.

Dela Rosa said the new terminal that will be constructed will cater to passengers bound to and from Sandakan, Sabah, and Manila.

Dela Rosa said a new terminal will be constructed so that the existing passenger terminals will be exclusively use by the passengers bound for the nearby provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga Sibugay via Olutanga town.

He said there is a need to have a separate passenger terminal for Sandakan since this is a foreign trip and “the presence of the Bureau of Immigration is a must.”

A locally-based shipping firm plies the Zamboanga-Sandakan route and vice-versa twice a week.

The local port serves an average of 3,000 passengers daily traveling from and to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa said the 2GO shipping firm is eyeing to resume its Zamboanga-Manila and vice-versa route in March, this year.

Dela Rosa said the firm had stopped its Zamboanga-Manila route last year after its vessel plying the route sank. — RGAAG