No less than Cebu Province Governor Hilario P Davide III, together with Bogo City Mayor Carlo Martinez, Vice Mayor Mayel Martinez and Board Member Tining Martinez led the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon formally opening additional roll-on-roll-off (roro) wharf of the City of Bogo’s Polambato port.
Davide cited the strategic positioning of the port in spurring up economic growth in Northern Cebu and opening Cebu’s accessibility to neighboring islands, including Luzon.
This is instrumental to the growth of the city said City mayor Carlo Martinez.
A total of P45.7 million fund poured for its development, “cut the ropes” that limits the port’s development and expansion as it now allows more passenger ship to dock and to give way to the port’s increasing revenue. The development fund is sourced from Capitol, P30 million; and City’s P15.7 million counter-part fund,
Port Officer-in-charge Nelson Navares said at present the port serves four routes, going to Cataingan and Cawayan, both in Masbate; and Villaba and Palompon, both in Leyte.
Navares added that on October 18 Lite Shipping will start its 6-hour travel from Polambato Port to Calbayog city Port in Western Samar, Bogo port’s fifth route. In Calbayog city, numerous buses for Metro Manila are available.
When he assumed as acting port manager 2012, Navares said the port is earning P2 million annually. It then increased to P6 million. With its present development and additional routes he is expecting a 7 million annual income.
The Polambato Port is part of the Central Nautical Highway while it also serves as an alternative route of relief assistance in emergency situations when roads and highways are impassable because of calamities, like what happened after typhoon Yolanda four years ago.