Tugade: Complete connectivity, mobility equate to comfort, convenience for Filipinos

Tugade: Complete connectivity, mobility equate to comfort, convenience for Filipinos
© The Manila Times President Rodrigo Duterte and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade lead the inauguration ceremony of the eight integrated seaport development projects in the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. With them are Sen. Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago and Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

CONVENIENCE and comfort for Filipinos can only be achieved through complete mobility and connectivity in the transport sector.”

This was the statement of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade during the inauguration ceremonies of the eight integrated seaport development projects in the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro on November 18.

Taking President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders to heart, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) continue to deliver the administration’s promise to make the life of the Filipino convenient and comfortable.

“We are gathered here today to celebrate the opening of the eight ports to make sure that there is mobility and connectivity in Mindoro. Pinapanganak ngayon at binibigyang buhay ang mandato ni (Today gives birth and life to the mandate of) President Duterte to make the life of the Filipino convenient and comfortable,” Tugade said during the inauguration ceremonies.

The simultaneous inauguration includes two port projects in the Port of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, and port projects in the Ports of Calapan, Puerto Galera, Bulalacao, Mansalay, Bansud and Roxas.

Highlighting the simultaneous inauguration is the ongoing expansion and construction of the Port of Calapan’s passenger terminal building, which can accommodate 3,500 passengers at any given time.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the DoTr and the PPA are slated to complete an additional 100 seaport projects before the end of President Duterte’s term. At present, the DoTr and PPA have completed 484 seaport projects in five years.

President Duterte commended Tugade and Santiago for the continued completion of transportation infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program.

“I’d like to thank also — it’s a two-way affair — Art Tugade and the Department of Transportation as well as the Philippine Ports Authority for their work on the eight seaports inaugurated. These accomplishments are made under the Build, Build, Build Program,” President Duterte said.

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