Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago lead the blessing and formal inauguration of the Port of Claveria in Cagayan today, 3 February 2020.
“Upang ipakita ang aking pagmamahal sa Claveria, dalawang proyekto ang antimanong naplano namin. Una ‘ho ‘yung puerto na papasinayaan natin ngayon. Nang sa gayon ang paglalakbay mula Claveria hanggang Calayan ay mabigyan ng mobility at convenience. Ang pangalawang proyekto ‘ho ay ‘yung lighthouse sa Pata. Siguro bago matapos ang 3rd quarter ay paparito ako ulit upang i-inaugurate yung Pata Lighthouse,” said Secretary Tugade in his keynote speech.
The transportation chief deeply acknowledges the help this port project would bring for the locality, which previously has no major modern, seaport. The improvement of the Claveria Port is a vital transport facility which will complement the the Cagayan Port and Basco Port in Batanes in the delivery of goods, cargoes and passengers.
Considering the present difficult transportation situation of the people in the port hinterlands, the improvement of Claveria Port shall provide economic and social benefits to the populace for having a more reliable transport infrastructure.
“Nakita natin na kulang na kulang ang connectivity natin sa northern Philippines. Kinakailangan talagang magkaroon tayo ng mga pantalan dito para magkaroon ng accessibility doon sa mga Northern Islands natin,” said PPA GM Santiago.
This project will also bring improvement in the social well being of the people through increased mobility and economic development brought about by increased economic and tourism acrivities. Aside from vessels, international cruise ships can also dock in the newly-inaugurated pier of Claveria.
“Ang target po kasi ng mahal nating Mayor dito is agri-tourism. Of course, kapit-bayan lang natin ang Ilocos at napakarami pong turista diyan. Nabanggit po ng namumuno sa Ilocos na ibigay sa atin yung mga sobra-sobra nilang turista rito. From here po sa port na ‘to pwede na pong mag-dock ang cruise ship dito, actually international cruise ship, malalim po ito,” 2nd District of Cagayan Board Member Archie Layus stated.
In an emotional homecoming, Secretary Arthur Tugade remarked, “Mayroong kasabihan sa tagalog, ‘Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan, ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.’ Nung ako ‘ho ay nahirang ng ating mahal na Pangulo Rodrigo Roa Duterte, ‘yang kasabihang ‘yan ay namutawi sa aking pandinig at para bang itinutulak at inuudyukan ako na sabi ‘Art balikan mo ang Claveria.”
Joining Secretary Tugade were DOTr Usec. for Finance Garry De Guzman, Usec. for Administrative Service Artemio Tuazon Jr., CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and Asec. for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Libiran.
Other local government unit officials present at the inauguration were Santa Praxedes Mayor Esterlina Aguinaldo, Sanchez-Mira Cagayan Mayor Asela Sacramed, and Claveria Vice Mayor Solferino Agra Jr.