PGMA bares Davao baseport expansion marker
Davao City (25 February) -- February, Friday the 13th takes on a new meaning when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself unveiled the inaugural marker of the recently completed PhP 428 million worth Davao Baseport Phase-II Expansion Project at its north end.
House Speaker Prospero Nograles, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Undersecretary for Maritime Affairs Thompson Lantion, Davao del Norte Congressman Anton Lagdameo and other Local Government Unit (LGU) officials also witnessed the ceremony.
The development of the Davao baseport, also known by locals as the Sasa Wharf, is in congruence with the national government's Mindanao Super Region to spur trading and economic activities in the countryside. It is also a major accomplishment based on the 2010 corporate vision of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to meet international standards in facilities and services in which Davao is among the top ten piriority ports.
"We can now accommodate up to eight foreign vessels at any given time with the expansion and expect to raise revenues up to PhP 150 million in 2009," Port District Manager Abdussabor Sawadjaan said in an interview with national and local media during the inauguration.
PDM Sawadjaan also mentioned PPA's PhP 870 million worth Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at the south end of the Sasa Wharf, a complementary development which would greatly boost local tourism and domestic trade.
It would be recalled that the consultancy work for the 3, 740 square meter (sq.m.) PTB detailed engineering and architectural design was already completed in December 2008 by Manila-based Basic Technology and Management Corporation (BTMC) in a joint venture with Proconsult, Inc. Consulting Engineers (PICE) based on the winning Water Dragon Perspective which combines the Mindanaon torogan historical facade and a 21st century modern interior functionality.
Sasa Wharf, owing to the agricultural nature of the Davao Region-XI, ranks third nationwide in foreign container traffic measured in Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) next only to the highly developed Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and North Harbor. It is also the fourth performing port of the country in terms of total container traffic for both domestic and foreign TEUs combined. This is mostly attributed to the volume of the steady rise of fresh banana export demands transported through refrigerated container vans in the Davao provinces.
Containerized bananas loaded in the Davao baseport are transported via direct routes to HongKong, China and Singapore at least thrice a week where the final consolidation to larger vessels take place before reaching markets in Japan, the Middle East and the United States.
The Davao Region-Xi is said to contribute 6% of the Philippines ' total export according to reports by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
Completed ahead of schedule in December 2008 the Phase II expansion covers the construction of a 3, 179 sq.m. Reinforced Concrete (RC) Wharf, a 13,180 sq.m. back-up area, mooring and fendering area, drainage system, port lighting facilities and rockworks while Phase I, a rehabilitation project of the north side's 42.35 m. quay was undertaken in early 2007 yet. (PPA-PIA XI) [top]