The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) inaugurated the country’s largest seaport Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at the Cagayan de Oro Port today, July 15, 2019.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade together with PPA General Manager Jay Santiago and PPA Port Manager for Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro, Isidro Butaslac Jr., led the inauguration of the new PTB which can handle 3,000 passengers daily.
The facility has a total floor area of 5,597 sq.m. and strengthens the strategic position of the CDO Port as the “Global Gateway to Mindanao.” The two-storey building contains facilities such as security checkpoint with x-ray scanner for baggage, body scanner, CCTVs, security office, passenger boarding stations, collector’s booth, public assistance desk, waiting areas, a designated green area, and storage room for equipment and housekeeping, among others.
For the comfort and convenience of the public, amenities include a play area for children, child care station, ecumenical prayer rooms, drinking fountains, toilet facilities, urgent medical care room, food stalls, pasalubong centers, and a special boarding lane for senior citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and women traveling with children below two (2) years old.
Adhering to the “Malasakit Initiative” of the DOTr, the PPA also announced that today marks the start of terminal fee exemption for students in all PPA-owned and operated ports nationwide. Senior citizens, PWDs, and active personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are also exempted from paying terminal fees.
Watch Sec. Tugade’s speech below.