Davao Coastal Ferry to start operations this year

Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation of the City Council, discusses the details of the proposed Davao Coastal Ferry during the Aprubado sa Konseho media forum at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on Tuesday. LEAN DAVAL JR
Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation of the City Council, discusses the details of the proposed Davao Coastal Ferry during the Aprubado sa Konseho media forum at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on Tuesday. LEAN DAVAL JR

Davao City Third District Councilor Conrado Baluran, chairperson of the City Council’s committee on transportation, on Tuesday bared that the operation of the Davao Coastal Ferry may start this year.

Proposed by Pinoy Catamaran, the Davao Coastal Ferry will operate from the municipality of Lupon to Magsaysay Park in Davao City. The proposed stations are Daliao, Toril; SM Ecoland, Matina; Piapi, Boulevard; Sta. Ana; Agdao; Mintrade (shoreline); Alcantara Port; Sasa Wharf; Panacan; and Tibungco.

“Last Friday, we had our committee hearing regarding the Davao Coastal Ferry Operation. The proponent of the project, Pinoy Catamaran, came from Manila and explained to us the possibility of putting up a ferry boat from Daliao, Toril. This is a very good development because the project will commence maybe this year because the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the Municipality of Lupon has already approved the ferry boat or ferry boats, which will have an sea route from Lupon going to Magsaysay Park or whichever is the best place or docking area that we will be installing,” Baluran said during the Aprubado sa Konseho media briefing on Tuesday.

Baluran reported that the committee hearing was finished last Friday and the proposal is up for second reading.

Among the proponent’s recommendations is the local government unit (LGU) will provide proper berthing and docking space for vessels and the terminal fee will be on top of the ticket price.

Baluran is confident that the operation of the Davao Coastal Ferry will help reduce the traffic congestion in Davao City.

“Rather than having a color coding. The proponent is already operating in some areas in Manila. This is one of the good news that I have to inform you that we finished our committee hearing last Friday and this is for the second reading,” Baluran said.

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