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Newly-completed Davao port expansion project provides better life to Davao folk

Davao City (13 February) -- Life for 32-year-old porter Jeffrey Sanchez, his wife and their four young children is getting better with the completion of the Davao port expansion project last December.

Sanchez told this to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during their informal interaction this afternoon at the Davao Port in Barangay Sasa, located some 10 kilometers from the city proper here.

"Maraming salamat po mahal na Presidente sa expansion project. Nakatulong poi to upang lumaki ang kita naming dito," he said.

The President inaugurated this afternoon the P420-million Davao Port Expansion Project, one of her key priority projects in Mindanao, to arrest congestion and accommodate larger export and import-oriented vessels at the Sasa wharf here.

The port of Davao, situated on the southeastern coast of Mindanao, is the premier export and import hub in Mindanao and ranks fourth nationwide in terms of container cargo traffic and container volume performance particularly for passengers and Davao fruits being exported to Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Earning P360 from his previous four-shift work week, Sanchez said he is now able to work five times a week earning him an additional P1,500 per month.

Working more than 13 years at the port, Sanchez said he is hoping that more vessels would dock with the expansion of the port's berthing area.

Also, Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Barangay Sasa Chairman Mario Reta who also thanked the President for the port expansion project.

"Aside from opening more jobs, we are very happy of the expansion as we are promoting Barangay Sasa as the gateway of Davao City because we have the airport and seaport here," Reta said.

Aside from jobs, Reta said the port expansion project would certainly promote investments and tourism.

Reta said the proposed P870-million passenger terminal of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) would also complement their plan to put up a two-storey market right outside the Davao port premises.

In 1939, Reta's grandfather donated five hectares of land for the Davao port which now houses the offices of the PPA, Bureau of Customs (BOC), Coast Guard and stevedoring services.

The President later informed mediamen that she will be back next week to bring in Chinese investors who are keen in putting up business in livestock and aquaculture. (PIA) [top]

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