Aside from growing agricultural farms in support Cebu Province's Enhanced Countryside Development, the Municipality of Daanbantayan sees the improvement of its Maya Port's capacity to inter-provincial travel can boost the town's economic opportunities and job generation for Kandayanons.
The Port of Maya has long been functional but only limited to wooden pumpboats bound for Malapascua Island, one of the northernmost town’s important destinations. It has the potential to serve Placer, Masbate and other ports in the southern parts of Luzon such as Batangas.
However, Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura, in a meeting with fourth district mayors on May 20, shared a letter he received from the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) informing of the start of the port's inter-provincial operation.
“We wish to inform your good office that the Cebu Port Authority will formally start operating the newly constructed Port of Maya. Initially the authority has issued berthing permit to a certain corporation valid for one week from its first call at the said port facility, henceforth the said company shall file the application by berthing and clearance at CPA Hagnaya office…signed by Elizabeth Suarez, divisions manager PMO [Port Management Office] - Santa Fe," the letter read.
With the tenor of the letter, Shimura expressed disappointment as the port authority intended to go ahead with the Maya Port operations without prior coordination with the Office of the Congressman and the Provincial Government.
“Ubay-ubay na ra ba ni’g gikumbati ning among Maya port hasta ning among road right-of-way, nya modiretso ra sila’g operate nga wala sila’y ipahibawo sa congressman ug sa governor. Og ila ning buhaton amo na lang pud nang babagan ang municipal road nga among napalit og dili na man lang gani ta mag-rinespetoay,” the mayor said.
To resolve this, Shimura met with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole and PMO Divisions Manager Elizabeth Suarez, with the presence of Benhur Salimbangon, Capitol consultant on development in the fourth district.
It was then agreed that the Capitol and CPA will partner up in undertaking the port operations while the local government unit will manage the passenger terminal and arrastre and stevedoring services, or handling of cargoes.
Salimbangon shared that during his term as the Congressman for the 4th District, P63 million was allocated from his congressional funds for the highway to Maya Port and an additional P33 million for the port.
A total of P15 million was also allocated from the Capitol funds during Garcia's gubernatorial stint before becoming the 3rd District Congresswoman while the CPA gave a counterpart of P72 million.
Miole agreed to work with Provincial Engineering Office chief Engr. Hector Jamora for an ocular inspection of the port set urgently. He also recommended Shimura to submit a management proposal on the passenger terminal and arrastre and stevedoring services. (Eleanor Valeros)