TAGBILARAN CITY – The Philippine Ports Authority and the contractor doing the rehabilitation on earthquake-hit city port are under fire for failure to provide facilities for the benefit of the out-going and in-coming passengers. Vetaran provincial Board Member Atty. Tomas D. Abapo, Jr. stood up during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday and described what appeared to be ineptitude on the part of the PPA and the contractor in providing facilities for the passengers’ convenience.
He described the situation of the port area as “topsy-turvy.” He said that the chaotic situation of the city seaport includes the traffic jam, and the passengers have to walk from the gate to the port and those just disembarked also do the same under the heat of the sun. This is inconvenience and suffering of the passengers, Abapo said, adding that the passengers’ long walk under the heat might cause heatstroke because the contractor did not provide covered walkways.
PPA and contractor also did not provide notice when the rehabilitation project be finished, he said. This prompted the SP to approve his motion for the PPA management to appear in next week’s session to shed light on the inconvenient condition of the city port. In a visit yesterday at the city port, Bohol News Today observed that foul odor apparently from human discharges appeared unabated and no proper sanitation on the make-shift carenderias and cafeteria being allowed just near the temporary PPA office.
Parking space are crowded especially during busy hours when there are vessels just berthed the port coupled with big dump trucks loaded with earth materials for the rehabilitation works. (rvo)