• 07/19/2019
  • 10:10 PM
League Online News


MANILA – New Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) missionary routes have been opened to provide one or more direct points connecting ports that have no existing shipping services due to geographical limitation.

The following are the new missionary routes open for interested shipping companies: 

1) Basco, Batanes – Currimao, Ilocos Norte

2) Batangas City – San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

3) San Juan, Batangas – Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

4) Real, Quezon – Polillo Island, Quezon

5) Lucena, Quezon – Odiongan, Romblon

6) Lucena, Quezon  - Buyabod, Marinduque

7) Lucena, Quezon – Romblon, Romblon

8) Lucena, Quezon – Masbate City

9) Maasin, Southern Leyte – Ubay, Bohol

10) San Narciso, Quezon – San Pascual, Masbate

11) Pantao, Albay – San Pascual, Masbate

12) Calbayog City, Samar – Cataingan, Masbate

13) Taytay, Palawan – Cuyo, Palawan

14) Cuyo, Palawan – San Jose de Buenavista, Antique  

15) Oslob, Cebu – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

16) Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Cebu – Jetafe, Bohol

17) Poro, Camotes, Cebu – Isabel, Leyte

18) Lipata, Surigao del Norte – Dapa, Surigao del Norte

19) Siaton, Negros Oriental – Dipolog City

In a statement Monday, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) encouraged shipping companies to operate in any of the newly-opened missionary routes in support of the enhancement of the country's Road RoRo terminal system to improve inter-island transportation, enhance tourism, and expand regional markets.

Shipping firms that are interested to operate along the new routes may file their applications to MARINA. They may also propose routes that are capable to be served by RoRo ports.

The routes will become operational once a qualified applicant was determined based on evaluation of its documents and has been issued the necessary permits by MARINA.

The opening of the new routes comes after House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to review and revise its proposed development plan of the RoRo transport system.

Arroyo has asked the department to give missionary routes to shipping lines to address the problem of unserved ports due to lack of operators. (PNA)

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