GenSan’s Makar Wharf to undergo P397M expansion work
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — The Makar Wharf of the
country’s tuna capital will start expansion works in the next few
weeks to the tune of P397 million so it can accommodate the expected
increase in cargo and passenger traffic in the future.
Fernando Mapalo Jr., information officer of the Philippine Ports
Authority (PPA), said that the needed equipment have already been
purchased to start construction work.
Among those that will be expanded, he said, is the 752-meter mooring
area. A total of 160 meters more of berthing area will be built so it
could accommodate more large vessels. Mapalo said that the average
length of vessels docking at the port is 120 meters.
These vessels include domestic cargo and passenger vessels, as well as
ships from Singapore and Taiwan. Mapalo expressed hope that more
foreign vessels will use the wharf once expansion work is completed by
He said that cargo handling operations at the wharf will be
competitive with international ports once the current project is
The PPA national office is footing the bill for the expansion. PPA
general manager Oscar Sevilla said the expansion project all over the
country will boost economic activities, provide employment and
increase tourism potentials in the countryside.
Although not listed in the national government’s 17 priority ports,
the Makar Wharf was reportedly given the go signal for an expansion
work because of the agro-industrial potentials of the city and nearby
areas. Aside from tuna products, the area produces agricultural
products like pineapple, rice, corn, banana, mango, asparagus and
other high value crops.
Aside from the port expansion, the Makar Wharf will also have a
P50-million modern passenger terminal building, according to
Abdussabor Sawadjaan, manager of the Port District Office-Southern
The present passenger terminal is temporarily located in one of the
transit sheds for cargoes.
“Once completed, the new passenger terminal building will direct and
organize passenger traffic more efficiently and increase safety
compliance by demarcating cargo/operations areas from the passenger
area,” Sawadjaan said. (MindaNews)