The Philippine Ports Authority will implement a P200-million rehabilitation of the Ormoc pier by installing efficient and modern facilities. Port Management Office Manager Atty. Glenn G. Cabañez presented the plan to Mayor Eric Codilla and the City Council.
The project entails the expansion of the existing port sideward facing the public market by reclaiming almost one hectare of the sea. On that huge tract of reclaimed land will rise a transit shed, two roll-on and roll-off (roro) ramps and wharf for motorized boats.
The wharf which currently sits in front of the market’s Bldg. A will be relocated near the fish/wet section. The fast craft pier will have to be lengthened because of the reclamation. Over at the existing port, a three-storey PPA operation building will rise and a weight bridge will be installed.
Meanwhile, the separate terminals of Supercat and Weesam Express will be merged into a P36-million mega terminal that can accommodate 650 people. It will be equipped with x-ray scanners and walk-through detector while an information technology room, mother and child center, and playroom will be added to existing amenities like comfort rooms, souvenir shop and canteen.
Cabañez said the project will start as soon as funds are available and will be finished between six months and one year. The port expansion is long overdue considering the increasing traffic on passengers, cargo, container and roro, he said.