Sual builds municipal wharf, asks Poe to build international seaport

April 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

SUAL –  This western Pangasinan town would have its second fishing port with the establishment of a municipal wharf that is due for completion this month. The wharf is meant to service more than 800 fishing boats that fish in the Lingayen Gulf.airport

AIRPORT, SEAPORT. Pangasinan’s need for an international seaport and internationl airport like those in the photos would be fulfilled  when the Grace Poe- Francis Escudero team wins in the May national elections. The two top candidates are aware that such facilities are basic requirements for the province’s economic growth.

Mayor Roberto Arcinue said the wharf could be upgraded into an international seaport if the national government would fund the project, and that the officials and residents are pinning their hope on the promise of Senator Grace Poe that the national government would prioritize the building of a seaport in this town if she wins the presidency.

“When we met with her during her campaign sortie in Asingan, Senator Poe said she would help us build an international seaport in Sual. We hope our plan to have an international seaport in the province would become a reality,” Arcinue said.seaport2

He added that  Poe likewise committed to put up an airport in Pangasinan. The Arroyo Administration started to construct an international airport and seaport in the province but the projects were stopped after the Aquino Administration did not allocate funds for them.

The local government has completed the wharf while the causeway (the road atop an embankment that leads to where the boats would dock, is expected to be completed this month.

The town hosts a fishport owned and operated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

With the completion of the municipal wharf, the fishermen would have a choice on where the land their harvest, Arcinue said.

He explained that  the municipal wharf would would charge a ate of P5 per tub of fish, which he said is lower than BFAR fishing port’s standard fees.

The Philippine Ports Authority started to build a port in another village of Sual, that, in Arabic language, means harbor.

The port’s first phase was completed in November 2012, but could accomodate only barges or flat-bottomed vessels as its  draft (minimun depth of water a boat or ship can navigate) is only five meters during high tide and four meters during low tide,  Arcinue said.

The port would need some P500 million worth of facilities which would enable it to accommodate ships (bulk). There was supposed to be a second and third phases of the PPA –operated container international port, but Arcinue said he did not know if these will be pushed through.

The second phase would  be the  extention of the wharf towards the sea where the water is 10-12 meters deep , while the third phase would  bring the wharf towards the sea where  the depth is  18-25 meters deep.

The project  was funded by the Arroyo Administration but was shelved by the Aquino Administration.

The town also host a port  owned by the Team Energy that operates the 1,200 MW Sual power plant. The power plant imports coal from other countries and these are landed through the private wharf.

Arcinue said if the negotiations with the private investor for the fifth port bear fruits, the town which hosts the P1,200 MW coal-fired power plant, would host the most numbers of ports in Pangasinan.

The ports are located in a cove in the Lingayen Gulf, so it is a safe place for sea vessels to dock or seek shelter during typhoons, Arcinue said.


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