Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration of the Puerto Princesa Cruise Port, and the groundbreaking of the Coron-Culion Bridge in Palawan yesterday.
Tugade was joined by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar in the said momentous event.
In his speech, Tugade highlighted the determined commitment of the Duterte administration to give life and realization to the first marching order of the President—making life more comfortable and convenient for the Filipino people.
“Noong nag-assume ang ating Pangulo ng kanyang katungkulan, pinulong niya ang mga gabinete, kasama si Mark Villar at ako, at sinabi niyang: Make the Filipino life comfortable and convenient. Isang subject, isang predicate, isang objective. Madaling intindihin pero may kahirapan gawin. Naabutan ng administrasyong Duterte ang isang estado na kailangang roll your sleeve, perspire, contribute blood and sweat para ang realization of making the Filipino live comfortably and convenient will be achieved” Tugade said.
Tugade also mentioned that in Palawan alone, the DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have 17 seaport projects and 9 airport projects.
Meanwhile, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar recognized the Transportation Department’s contribution in Palawan because of its Airport and Seaport projects all over the province.
Together with Secretary Tugade, he also acknowledged the role that local government units (LGUs) play in the fulfillment of projects.
“Marami po tayong infrastructure projects na gagawin para maging masigla uli ang ekonomiya. Iyon po ang pangarap ni Pangulong Duterte that we will come out very strong from this crisis. But we cannot do it without the help of our officials. Hindi rin kaya ng National Government kailangan namin ang local and we hope that you will also give us your full support, as we promise to give our full support to the beautiful province of Palawan,” Villar said.
Palawan 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta thanked the Duterte administration, for a dream come true because of the Cruise Port.
“This day is a culmination of a dream. A dream that was contracted, I think it was 8 years ago. A dream to have cruise port in Puerto Princesa. Ito, Sec. Mark (referring to the DPWH Secretary, ‘yung budget nito pinagtatalunan pa noong araw eh,” Cong. Acosta noted.
The Congressman likewise recognized attending officials who are true-blooded Palaweños, such as Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, as well as Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. who served and was stationed in the province of Palawan for three years.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, meantime, said the Cruise Port and new facilities will have a huge impact in the tourism of the City, putting up 5,000 capacity in Convention Center.