In line with President Duterte’s vision to improve mobility and connectivity between the Visayas and Mindanao, the government inaugurated the country’s biggest passenger terminal yesterday at the port of Cagayan De Oro.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) headed by secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration of the Passenger Terminal Complex yesterday, July 15, 2019 at the Port of Cagayan De Oro. This massive 2 storey structure boasts of a land area of 5,597 square meters, considered as the biggest ever passenger terminal in the country.
This impressive terminal can now accommodate up to 3,000 passengers, which is three times bigger than its capacity in the past. According to Tugade, this is by far the largest terminal he has inaugurated.
“I have inaugurated many terminals during our term, and the truth is, this is the biggest passenger terminal building in the Republic of the Philippines,” Tugade was quoted.
Improve Economic Growth
Along with the opening of the newest of the many projects under the Duterte administration, Tugade and Philippine Ports Authority officials hope it will help in contributing economic growth in the Mindanao region.
Philippine Ports Authority general manager Jay Santiago said that “As the PPA welcomed its 45th founding anniversary, we have this huge PTB to stand as the emblem of our service and dedication… We hope that this new PTB will contribute to the socio-economic growth, not just of Cagayan de Oro, but of the entire Northern Mindanao region.”
Safe And Secure
The newly opened passenger terminal is not only huge, but also boasts of advanced amenities that would enhance the safety and security of the passengers. It has x-ray scanners for baggages, body scanners, closed circuit cameras, boarding stations, public assistance desks, and many more.
It also has a children’s playground, prayer rooms, emergency medical care rooms, food concessionaires, and of course, a special lane for the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities.