Port Claveria in Cagayan opens region to international cruise tourists

By Eldan Sambatyon

Cagayan just got a major boost as the new seaport in Claveria was completed and recently inaugurated.

The project opens up the region and brings the much needed opportunities to Cagayan as the seaport will greatly benefit the upland and lowland communities. It will bring more development, increase trade and commerce, and more travel and tourism activities with the area boasting of its many beaches including Asia’s Top 50 Beaches choice, Palaui Beach.

Among the works carried out in the port were:

  • construction of the Reinforced Concrete Platform to serve as additional backup area
  • additional Roll-on/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) ramp to handle increasing cargo traffic restoration of the causeway
  • road repair going to and from the seaport

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration event last February 3, 2020, with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago.

The PPA chief stressed that there was a need to construct the said seaport in the municipality to establish economic linkages in the Cagayan Valley region that is highly in need of connectivity.

“Nakita kasi natin na kulang na kulang ang connectivity natin sa northern Philippines. Ang pinakamalapit na PPA port sa northern Philippines na nagco-connect sa Batanes ay dito sa Cagayan. Dislocated din ang Calayan Group of Islands so kinakailangan talagang magkaroon tayo ng mga pantalan dito para magkaroon ng accessibility doon sa mga northern islands natin,” said Santiago.

Local Government Officials were also present in the inaugural ceremony. “We’re very happy about this project. The governor has always said that the key to Cagayan’s development is ports,” said Atty. Maria Rosario Mamba – Villaflor, Chief of Staff of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba.

“Magandang blessing ang Claveria Port kasi yung mga turista. Ang target po kasi ng ating mahal na mayor dito is Agri-Tourism. Of course, kapitbahay lang natin ang Ilocos, andami-dami pong mga turista diyan. Nabanggit nga po ng namumuno sa Ilocos na ibigay sa atin ang sobra-sobra nilang mga turista dito. From dito sa port na ‘to, pwede nang mag-dock ang international cruise ship,” 2nd District of Cagayan Board Member Archie Layus said.

Aside from the completion of the Claveria port, Secretary Tugade also pledged to finish his second project for the municipality, which is the Pata Lighthouse as well as the establishment of a Regional Office for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for ease of doing transactions for the locals.

Cagayan is also the site of a climate-smart monolithic dome for seed storage and the private sector initiatives of the Lighthouse Cooperative to set up livelihood programs.

The PPA has also started the Cavite-Manila ferry services with the launch of two new routes and revived the ferry services in Pasig.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Cagayan for their new seaport in Claveria that opens the region to more economic activities!

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