January 27, 2012, Filed under Press Release

Philippine Ports Authority Regional Director Silverio Mangaoang said that the first phase of Sual International Seaport project is now 32 percent complete and is expected to be accomplished before end of this year.

According to Mangaoang, as soon as the Phase I of the seaport is fully constructed, it can already cater to small vessels where products can possibly be exported.

Mangaoang said that earlier issues regarding the right of way were fixed and deed of donation was issued as he added that everything is going on smoothly for the completion of the first phase which has an approximate funding requirement amounting to P90 million coming from the PPA.

The realization of the entire project which has three phases is projected to be completed within the next three to four years with a total funding amount of P500 million in which the funding is co-shared by three parties as follows: P200 million from PPA and DOTC, P200 million from the provincial government, and P100 million from the local government of Sual.

It can be recalled that the Sual Fish Port which was constructed two decades ago had functioned on half-capacity only for a little over five years eventually dropping to zero viability due to lack of maintenance and non-usage.

With the national government’s signal to totally rehabilitate the project, Mangaoang noted that Pangasinan’s opportunity to spur development is now in the offing. “Phase I will feature a rock-causeway and a wharf that will extend from 200 to 270 meters,” he said as he added that once completed it can accommodate small ships including barges and LCTs (Landing Craft Tanks).

The international port, said Mangaoang, will help Pangasinan export its various products which include minerals like chrome ore, manganese and nickel and also aid in the importation of agricultural products like fertilizers from abroad thus becoming cheaper for marginalized farmers.

With this, the provincial government spearheaded by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. has set its sights on the preparation of a complementary economic zone near the port to accommodate foreign investors and locators that will manufacture products intended to be imported abroad.

The seaport will be manned by personnel of different agencies like the PPA, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coast Guard, the Provincial Government and others upon its completion sometime in 2014 0r 2015. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)



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