Construction of RORO port in Kawayan town to start in October
by Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (30 September) -- The construction of the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) port in Brgy. Balite of the municipality of Kawayan in Biliran province will commence in October this year.
This was bared by Engr. Edwin Ambe, municipal engineer of Kawayan to PIA and the private media of Tacloban who were in the municipality yesterday to cover the activities of the visiting mayors from other parts of the country composed of Batch 2 of the Leaders for Health Program (LHP) who are currently enrolled in the Certificate Course on Community Health Management for Local Chief Executives of the Ateneo de Manila University.
He bared that early this month, the bidders of the project which will be handled by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have already sent their letter of intent to the PPA’s Visayas office in Cebu to join in the bidding process.
The project consisting of the proposed extension of the reinforced concrete deck or pier and the construction of the RORO ramp has a total project cost of P17 million, funding of which will come from the PPA corporate fund and is targeted for completion within 100 calendar days, hopefully to be operational by February next year, he said.
For his part, Mayor Rodolfo Espina of Kawayan envisions the project to bring in tremendous boom in the economy not only of his town, the province of Biliran of 8 municipalities but also in other municipalities of the 3rd district of Leyte which are near the province.
The RORO port project in Kawayan is part of the eastern nautical highway linking the province of Biliran to other parts of the Visayas area specifically Cebu, Samar islands and the Luzon area with ports located in Masbate and Sorsogon.
The recent visit of the PPA officials in the municipality where they made a briefing of the project during the public hearing revealed that the development of the RORO port in Kawayan is very ideal because of the place’s natural anchorage, depth and location in cove and the presence of natural breakers such as the Generuan island also known as “turtle island” just across the proposed project which makes it ideal for berthing and anchorage for any types of ships and vessels.
The project is one of the projects under the nautical highway program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo aimed at making travel time shorter from Luzon to Mindanao and making cargo handling especially on perishable goods, vegetables and fruits easier and safe.
The municipality of Kawayan is situated in the northernmost part of the island province of Biliran some 17 kilometers away from the capital town of Naval and some 142 kilometers from Tacloban City, the regional capital in Eastern Visayas. (PIA-Biliran) [top]