PFDA gives the green light to start the construction of Tacloban fish port complex
TACLOBAN CITY—Eastern Visayas may soon become a strategic fish landing center in the country after the Philippine Fishery Development Authority (PFDA) has given the green light to start the construction of the P44.3 million worth of fish port complex in this city.
Justerie Granali, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-8 (BFAR-8) regional director, said the initial part of the project includes the site development such as demolition, clearing and disposal of existing structures.
“The project has been bid out last July and actual construction of the fish port is expected to start this September. We learned the city government has already started the demolition of informal settlers in the project site,” Granali added.
Last month, some 30 families living in the proposed site in Barangay 37 were ordered by the city government to vacate the area. They were however offered a relocation site in Barangay 103-A (Pag-laum), some 10 kilometers away north of the city’s center.
“The new fish port will serve as an area for unloading and marketing of marine products both for local and foreign markets, harbour operations which include maintenance and repair of fish vessels and processing and refrigeration activities,” Granali said.
Based on the project description, the Tacloban fish port complex would be located in a five-hectare area and would have a landing wharf, lay-by wharf, multi-purpose wharf, port basins, navigational aids, fish market, refrigeration building, water system, power supply system, fuel and oil supply system, maintenance shop building, net mending yard, commercial shop area, parking area, and administration building.
The construction of the fish port was shelved for about two years when the PFDA sought for a court clearance attesting the city’s legal ownership of the proposed site. The area to be developed also covered the city’s old bus terminal.
“If the project will be completed, it will attract canning operations, fish mill plants and possible investors in the tuna industry,” Granali said. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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