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3 RoRo routes opened in Cebu

Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental may now be reached by RoRo from Oslob in Cebu. (Photo by Ventures Cebu)

Shipping companies may now provide services in three newly-opened roll-on-roll-off missionary routes in Cebu.

These are among the 19 missionary routes that the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has opened as part of the government’s efforts to enhance the Road RoRo Terminal System (RRTS), a seamless stretch of roads and ports to improve inter-island transportation, enhance tourism, and expand regional markets, among others.

The new routes in Cebu are:

  • Oslob, Cebu – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

  • Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Cebu – Jetafe, Bohol

  • Poro, Camotes, Cebu – Isabel, Leyte

In a statement issued on February 6, 2019, MARINA encouraged shipping companies to serve these new missionary routes.

“The shipping company (that) will serve a missionary route may enjoy protection of investment for five years and 50% discount on the regular fees of all applications and renewal of ship documents, licenses, certificates, and permits,” the agency stated.

A RoRo missionary route involves one or more direct links covering two RoRo-capable ports that have no existing shipping service due to geographic limitation and/or absence of market viability.

Four other RoRo missionary routes have been opened in the Visayas:

  • Maasin, Southern Leyte – Ubay, Bohol

  • Calbayog City, Samar – Cataingan, Masbate

  • Cuyo, Palawan – San Jose de Buenavista, Antique

  • Siaton, Negros Oriental – Dipolog City

The 12 other missionary routes that were opened across the country are the following:

  • Basco, Batanes – Currimao, Ilocos Norte

  • Batangas City – San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

  • San Juan, Batangas – Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

  • Real, Quezon – Polillo Island, Quezon

  • Lucena, Quezon – Odiongan, Romblon

  • Lucena, Quezon - Buyabod, Marinduque

  • Lucena, Quezon – Romblon, Romblon

  • Lucena, Quezon – Masbate City

  • San Narciso, Quezon – San Pascual, Masbate

  • Pantao, Albay – San Pascual, Masbate

  • Taytay, Palawan – Cuyo, Palawan

  • Lipata, Surigao del Norte – Dapa, Surigao del Norte

MARINA also encourages shipping companies to propose new links with RoRo-capable ports as part of efforts to develop a nautical highway in the country. (Ventures Cebu)

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