By Helen Castaño | 06:39 PM April 14, 2021

Sec. Arthur Tugade during the inauguration of the passenger terminal at the Port of Tagbilaran on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

The passenger terminal at the Port of Tagbilaran, was inaugurated on Wednesday, April 14.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the building, which is within the Passenger Terminal Complex of the port, is a massive two-storey building with a total floor area of 1,843.37 square meters.

The department said new terminal has a capacity of 1,110 passengers, which is triple its previous capacity of 497 passengers..

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration, along with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago and PPA Port Manager James Gantalao.

Sec. Arthur Tugade during the inauguration of the passenger terminal at the Port of Tagbilaran on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

It was also attended by Representatives Edgar Chatto, Aris Aumentado and Alexie Tutor, and Tagbilaran Mayor Baba Yap.

Tugade said the newly-constructed passenger terminal building was another remarkable milestone for the country’s maritime sector fulfilled during Duterte’s administration.

The port development project also encompasses the construction of a pumphouse and appurtenances, and the installation of concrete pavement, as well as the R.C. ductbank and lamp post foundation.

After the inauguration, Tugade and Santiago made a surprise inspection of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Tagbilaran. During his visit, Sec Tugade discussed about the possible relocation of the office and its impounding area to cater to more clients and stakeholders.

DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade with Bohol 3rd district Rep. Alexie Tutor Sec. Arthur Tugade during the inauguration of the passenger terminal at the Port of Tagbilaran on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

He also proceeded to the Port of Maribojoc, also under the Port Management Office of Bohol, to inspect the port expansion project, which is now almost complete, with 95.413% overall progress rate as of March 2021.

The Maribojoc Port Expansion Project include the improvement of the existing rock causeway, construction of the port’s back-up area with Ro-Ro ramp on fill, construction of breasting dolphin, and the installation of the port lighting system.

The port of Maribojoc will serve as a dedicated cargo terminal and an alternative port outside of the Port of Tagbilaran, to further decongest the current traffic at the Port of Tagbilaran.

Sec. Arthur Tugade at LTO-Tagbilaran on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Photo:DOTr

The Tagbilaran and Maribojoc port projects are part of the 22 improvement programs of the transport hubs and facilities in Bohol Province, which includes the completion of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, the first ever “green” airport in the country.

Sec. Arthur Tugade at Maribojoc port on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

The DOTr and the PPA formally turned-over two Refrigerated Reefer Container Vans to the Provincial Government of Bohol, under the “Palamigan ng Bayan” program, which aims to provide mobile cold storage facilities for farmers and fishers to preserve the quality of perishable goods, reduce wastage and fetch reasonable prices.

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