The Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) is set to restore the Cagayan de Oro Port in Macabalan as an international containerized shipment facility, fifteen (15) years since international cargoes were transferred to the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
Accordingly, the decision came in response to the clamor of various shipping lines led by American President Lines, which estimated the arrival of 300 to 400 containers per week at Macabalan Port.
Relative to this, Bureau of Customs Cagayan de Oro top officials led by District Collector John Simon and the Philippine Ports Authority led by Engr. Isidro Butaslac Jr., CDO Port Manager initiated a dialogue with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno to discuss the proposed restoration plan which is expected to boost the business and economic climate in the city as well as in Northern Mindanao.
However, the rise of the volume of cargoes will also cause heavy traffic which is why BOC-10 sought the help of the city government to plan the traffic management and route of cargoes from Macabalan Port.
Further, the restoration would also be advantageous to the city government once the “Mandanas” doctrine is fully implemented in 2022 which will cause an increase in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of about P814 million for first-class income provinces to P4.4 billion next year; highly urbanized cities, up by P394 million to P2.13 billion, and first-class municipalities, up by P187.62 million to P1.01billion.
The PPA has also started to upgrade its stacking capacity in Macabalan Port to cater the international cargo shipment and already allotted 2.3-hectare for its designated port area.