Philippine Ports officials led by Jameson Lee and consultant Malou Mamatad and other representatives from various provincial government agencies pose with Sulu Governor Sakur Tan following a meeting on the rehabilitation of the Port of Jolo.
SULU (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 2, 2011) – Philippine port officials said feasibility study on the rehabilitation and expansion of a vital sea port in the southern province of Sulu has began.
Philippine Port Authority (PPA) officials headed by Engineer Jameson Lee have recently met with Sulu Governor Sakur Tan to discuss the rehabilitation of the Port of Jolo in the capital town.
Lee said the consulting firm Science and Vision, which undertook a similar project in the Port of Davao and Port of Zamboanga, will be commissioned to make the study. “The initial phase of the port rehab would be to have a feasibility study of the port to maximize the potential of the facility based on the socio-economic profile of the province,” he said.
“The study will have a time frame of approximately six months and will include tourism, international standards, local economic development, port management, among others,” he added.
Tan said once completed, the Port of Jolo will serve as gateway for economic development in Sulu. “The port will serve as a gateway for economic development in the province. To have an updated port facility especially in this part of the country is of great importance, a vital component of sustainable economic growth,” he said.
He said the port was last renovated in 2000 and had been extended by 78 meters. The port is widely used by cargo and passenger ships in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)