Port in Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea ready for turn over

Port in Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea ready for turn over

Good news after decades of neglect the Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea – Pag-asa island seat of the Municipality of Kalayaan has its newly constructed port.

Department of Transportation Sevretary Arthur Tugade has reported to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that the port in Pag-asa island in the West Philippine Sea is ready to be turned over the local government unit – Municipality of Kalayaan.

“Sabihin ko na rin ho, Mr. President, sa maritime. Nakatapos na ho kami at ni-report namin sa IATF kahapon ito na natapos na kami ng puerto at gusto nilang inaugurate-in pa. Sabi ko wala nang inaugurate-inaugurate, operate-in mo na lang. Mahigit 10 na ho ‘yan,” Secretary Tugade said during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in Malacañang on May 28, 2020.

The Philippine Navy ship BRP Ivatan (far right) docks at Pag-asa Island for the first time on May 13, 2020.
(photo credit to Naval Forces West)

Tugade reported in that ten ports that have been finished, it includes the one in Pag -asa island, date of turn over is expected to be this coming June 12 – Independence Day.

“Kasama ho diyan ‘yung pagtatapos nung puerto sa Pag-asa. Handa na hong mag-turnover ‘yung Provincial Government of Palawan na iturnover sa amin ‘yon sa June 12,” Tugade added. “Sabi ko kung maaari accept-in ko na lang sa papel ‘yan. Huwag na tayo mag-inaugurate. Umpisahan na lang natin.”

Historic First

A Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Ivatan was able to dock last May 13 at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), where the port and beaching ramp has been fully constructed.

Before this historic event, no Philippine ship could dock on the island because it lacked a port.

BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft
(photo credit to Naval Forces West)

The PN vessel was on a troop rotation and reprovisioning mission to the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG)

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