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DIPOLOG CITY – To strategically position Dipolog City as the economic gateway of Western Mindanao, Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter Uy revealed that the city government has allocated Php 550 million for the initial requirements and legworks of the seaport development project with a total land area of 51,280 square meters located in which is located in Brgy. Galas, Dipolog City.

This was among the major updates during the 2nd Technical Working Group Meeting for the Dipolog Seaport Development led by Mayor Uy and Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. Mindanao Development Authority sits as a member of the TWG, and forms part of the agency’s Joint Planning and Programming efforts.

“We have Php 550M available budget for the port, but in the long run, we would need additional fund support from potential partners and the national government,” Uy said.

He added that the port could serve as a logistics hub and port of entry for trading activities within the BIMP-EAGA.

“The logistics hub will be a huge help to the local economy since we can introduce to the public direct trading activities between Dipolog and its counterpart nearby cities in Visayas and Mindanao, as well as economically take advantage of its proximity with our neighboring countries in the BIMP-EAGA sub-region,” BOC-9 Customs Officer Duval Bisnar added.

The Dipolog Port Management Office (PMO), which currently operates the said port, reported significant increase in average ship calls and cargo services from 2020-2021.

DPWH-Region 9 also supported the proposition for establishment of centralized logistics hub, however, expansion of the key roads and national highways connecting to the port should be prioritized to complement the required passenger and cargo traffic.

Meanwhile, MinDA as member of the TWG recommended further to conduct a business case for the project to establish the most viable options that the City Government could pursue once all the necessary legworks and consultations have been completed and conducted.

Joining also in the meeting were Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Police (PNP) - Maritime Group and concerned Departments of the City Government. #

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