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By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Thursday, June 11, 2020
After a long wait, the Roll on-Roll off (RoRo) port in Maya, Daanbantayan is finally complete. (Tonee Despojo)

After almost two decades since its conceptualization, the Roll on-Roll off (RoRo) port in Maya, Daanbantayan town has finally been completed. 

“Opportunities are endless. So I would like to congratulate you all, kamo dinhi sa lungsod sa Daanbantayan niining maanindot ninyo nga port but more so, mao kini ang gateway to more economic activity to the town of Daanbantayan,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said as she inaugurated the new RoRo port on June 5, 2020.

Started 18 years ago during the time of former Cebu Governor Pablo “Pabling” Garcia, the completion of the more than 2 kilometers road and causeway was put off until the project was turned over to the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) during the term of former 4th District Cong. Benhur Salimbangon.

Salimbangon was able to get a P63 million funding for the paving of the 1.52-kilometer road stretching from the national highway to the causeway approach.

Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also provided funding for the paving of the road, Shimura said.

“Luha, singot ug tanan nga kaagi moy naagian ani nga pwerto,” the mayor said as he thanked the families who donated their property to lead the way for the road leading to the port.

Shimura said the port will serve as gateway to other regions and provinces including Masbate, Leyte and other areas in Luzon that are strategically near the northern town port.

Sixty-year-old porter Sebastian Lachinebre was ecstatic that the inauguration of the new port was fully materialized. 

“Dako jud among kalipay kay nia man gyud mi dire nagpakabuhi isip porter. Nalipay mi kay na-inagurahan na kay sigurado na nga maka-operate,” Lachinebre said.

He shared that January of this year, the port started to accept ferry boats coming from Esperanza, Masbate but was stopped when the pandemic erupted.

Maya barangay captain Ellein Conje said the port, set to operate this month, will contribute to a more vibrant economic activity for the barangay and neighboring barangays. 

“Ang ako lang dako ang akong kalipay kay daghan mga tawo nga makabenepisyo (apil) employment ug negosyo nga makasulod,” Conje said. 

Last May 21, Garcia and the CPA agreed to co-manage the operations of the port while the local government unit of Daanbantayan will manage the passenger terminal, arrastre and stevedoring services of the port.

“Ug karon sa CPA pasalamat pud ko og dako nga bisan pa man nga aduna silay sulat nga mo-operate na, apan naa pud silay pasalig, pinaagi sa pagpatawag ni Gov. Gwen, nga dili gyud mabiyaan ang katawhan sa Maya nga kita makaoperate jud sa terminal ug passenger sa handling sa tanang barko dire,” he said.

Salimbangon, on one hand, said the port will still need further development including expanding the causeway to provide maneuvering for cargo trucks, construction of additional ramps and dredging work for more pumpboats to dock. 

He said his wife, Rep. Janice will soon submit a resolution giving recognition to all the families who donated their property “kay di ni mahitabo kun wala sila mo donar.”

These are the heirs of Pedro Arriesgado, Ismael Arriesgado, Roman Arriesgado, Felix Arriesgado, and Eugene Arriesgado, Romeo Moralde, Basilio Bacunador, the heirs of Gregorio dela Cerna, Felix Mantos, Nonita Salutillo, Vicente Sandoval; Mariquita Yeung, Bartolome Sullera, Paz Rodrigo, Dolly Cabahug, Roylan Capacio, Rhea Beduya, Flor Ong and Aldrin Presbiterio. (Vanessa L. Almeda)