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New seaport seen to boost Calbayog economy

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09:13 PM April 28th, 2013

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By: Joey A. Gabieta, April 28th, 2013 09:13 PM

PRESIDENT Aquino raises the hand of Samar congressional candidate Eunice Babalcon during the April 26 meet with local leaders in Calbayog City. Malacañang Photo

CALBAYOG CITY—The opening of the new seaport here will not only improve the transport sector but will boost Calbayog’s economy and tourism industry, according to President Aquino.

Aquino, who led in the inauguration of the Maguino-o seaport on Friday, said that with the new seaport, it would be easier to bring in goods from other provinces and at the same time, ship out Calbayog’s products such as the city’s famous tinapa.

Tourists, the President said, would also be encouraged to come to Calbayog and visit its famous attractions such as the Bangon Falls, Guinogo-an Cave and Malahug beach.

All these, he added, would result in a robust tourism and commerce, which would open opportunities for Calbayog and Eastern Visayas.

The construction cost of Maguino-o seaport and passenger terminal reached P38.59 million.

The seaport, located 22 kilometers away from the city proper, can accommodate big vessels with a 1,046-gross tonnage.

Philippine Port Authority Manager Dominador Lecayan said that with the new seaport, he expected passenger traffic of 400 a month to increase in the next months.

The three Samar provinces—Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar—are considered among the depressed provinces in the country. Poor road network and the presence of an armed group on the island are considered among the reasons development has stagnated on the island.

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