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Sta. Catalina Port Project To Boost Economy, Tourism In Ilocos Sur

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Sta. Catalina Port Project To Boost Economy, Tourism In Ilocos Sur

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The development of Sta. Catalina Port is expected to spur connectivity, economy and tourism in Ilocos Sur, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Thursday.

During the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the port development project in Sta. Catalina, DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento said such port projects are vital in improving the country’s maritime infrastructure and facilities.

“The project will be a vital component in tourism development and revitalizing the local fishing industry in Ilocos Sur,” Sarmiento said.

On the other hand, Sta. Catalina Mayor Edgar Rapanut thanked the DOTr, saying the project will not only benefit Sta. Catalina but nearby towns as well.

“Malaking tulong ang pagka-develop nito dahil magiging transport hub na ‘yan. Number two, internal tourism, at pangatlo, sa fishing industry namin, pwede ng dumaong ang mga fishing vessels doon (This development will be a big help because it will turn the port into a transport hub. Secondly, it will help with internal tourism, and third, it will help the fishing industry because it will allow fishing vessels to dock),” Rapanut said.

On Tuesday, Sarmiento signed a similar MOA with Corcuera Mayor Elmer Fruelda for the development of Corcuera Port in Romblon.

He said such port projects are meant to benefit both passengers, as well as trade and economic progress in the regional areas of the country. (PNA)