PPA Chief Launches CamSur Ferry Service

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana led the launching recently of the “Roll-On, Roll-Off” (RO-RO) service along the route connecting the port of Nato to the port of Caramoan in Camarines Sur, and eventually to Codon in San Andres, Catanduanes.

His visit to the Bicolandia last March 16, marked his third out-of-town sortie since he was appointed PPA GM. He was accompanied by Hector E. Miole, assistant general manager for corporate affairs and special projects Port District Director for Southern Tagalog.

The maiden voyage of MV Calixta III for that route was a triumph of determination and optimism among PPA, Partido Development Administration and Catanduanes.

In the same speech, Sta. Ana said, “this ferry service in ports around Lagunoy Gulf will lure bus operators, haulers, traders and tourists as they will find land travel from Metro Manila to Codon, San Andres, Catanduanes via Nato Port to be shorter by at least “two hours” than the trip from Manila to Codon via Tabaco Port.”

He added that this route will certainly attract more foreign and local tourists to enjoy the “pristine” and “white Boracay-like” beaches of Caramoan an Catanduanes which is quite “gratifying.”

The new route is consistent with the 2011 Regional Development Plan, particularly on enhancing water transport through strategic RO-RO ports linking Catanduanes, Caramoan, Codon and Nato. The construction of Codon port by the Deparment of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) is ongoing, while the RO-RO ramp which is integral to the RO-RO connection is slated to be put up next year.

The Port of Caramoan was completed in March 2010 from PPA corporate funds, said Sta. Ana.

Camarines fourth district Rep. Noli Fuentebella in his remarks during the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) and RO-RO launch said, “the expeditious attainment of the region’s plan will be reliant on the government agencies’ active participation and coordinated effort.”

Shortly after signing the MOA renewing the continued management and operation by of Nato port by the PDA for another 15 years, he congratulated Gov. Joseph Cua for fostering commercial ties between Catanduanes and Camarines Sur., initially done thru the pioneering ferry route.

April 30, 2011, 12:54pm

Source: Manila Bulletin