President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inaugurates the newly constructed Port Operations Building (POB) at the Port of Dumaguete in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on March 11, 2021.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led local officials in welcoming President Duterte and his party along with Cong. Sagarbarria, Councilors Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Lilani Ramon, Manuel Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores and SK President Renz Macion.
In a report by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, the POB forms part of the Philippine Ports Authority’s (PPA) aim to provide better and progressive port facilities and services across the country. It is a two-story building that will address the need for proper monitoring vessel of port arrivals and departures, and will provide a new and modern Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) for those traveling to nearby islands.
Aside from having the capacity to serve an estimated 500 passengers, the POB also features the Port Integrated Clearing Office (PICO) — a one-stop-shop intended to expedite the processing of entrance and departure clearances for domestic and foreign vessels and cargoes. Housed within the facility are regulatory agencies and other offices such as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Bureau of Animal Industry and Plant Industry to give convenience for transacting port users.
In the course of the program, President Duterte leads the unveiling of the POB marker together with DOTr Secretary Tugade, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago.
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