Today, 28 October 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), together with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), will re-open the Davao-General Santos-Iloilo Passenger Shipping Route.
The re-establishment of ferry operations from Manila to Davao and vice versa is expected to address the lack of an accessible route that has been unavailable for a long time. It also aims to interconnect Luzon to Mindanao, bring people closer, give passengers more travel options, and lower the prices of goods and commodities with the accessibility of freight containers from Davao to Manila and vice versa.
Kasalukuyang iniinspeksyon ni DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, kasama sina PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, newly appointed Customs Chief Gen. Rey Guerrero, DOTr Asec for Maritime Andoy Perez, at iba pang opisyales ng DOTr at PPA, ang bagong Passenger Terminal Building ng Davao-Sasa port.
Ang PTB na ito ay bubuksan ngayong araw, ika-28 ng Oktubre 2018, kasabay ng reopening ng Davao-General Santos-Iloilo-Manila passenger shipping route.
Ang ceremonial opening ay inaasahang pangungunahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“Matagal na pong nawala ang Manila-Davao pero sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte bubuksan po ulit natin ‘yan. Currently, the easiest way to reach Davao from Manila is through flying and some of our people cannot afford that. We want Luzon to be interconnected with Mindanao to likewise increase economic activity,” said Secretary Tugade.
2GO Group Inc. will be providing vessels to serve the route and bring back the access to affordable, safe, and fast travel to ordinary Filipinos.
In addition, the PPA will also launch the new and improved Passenger Terminal Building in Sasa Wharf in the port of Davao.
The new PTB will house modern amenities such as a pre-departure waiting area, screening areas for passengers and baggage, boarding gates, and clean comfort rooms. It is now ready to provide a convenient and comfortable experience to port passengers.