The port of Cawayan in Masbate province is included amomg the twenty identified local ports around the country placed under the direct jurisdiction of a national government agency to ensure support for the growing business and trade in their respective region.
In a series of executive orders last December 2012, President Benigno Aquino III placed the facilities under the Philippine Ports Authority.
The sole purpose was to pave the way for proper monitoring, development and utilization while under state support and to cash in on the growing regional trade.
Based on the volume of traffic and needs, some of the identified ports will get more assistance for further infrastructural development according to the Philippine Ports Authority.
General Manager Juan Sta. Ana said “the agency will handle the repair, maintenance and opertion of the ports.”
Usually local governments handle port operations and management but constrained with sufficient funds to undertake expansion of operations. The transfer to the PPA of the ports will finally solve the situation.
Among the 20 ports are those in Currimao in Ilocos Norte, Capinpin in Bataan, Cawayan in Masbate, all in Luzon. The ports of Danao in Escalante, Negros Occidental, Ubay in Bohol, Calubian in Leyte, all in the Visayas.
The ports in Benoni in Camiguin, Kolambugan and Tubod in Lanao del Norte, Aras-asan and Cantilan in Surigao del Sur; Dapitan and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Sur; Maco in Compostella Valley; General Santos City; Cotabato City; Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat; Tubigon in Bohol; Guinsiliban in Camiguin; and Dapa in Siargao Island, in Mindanao.
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