LINGAYEN --- The groundbreaking of the Sual Port Development Project, one of the mega infrastructure projects envisioned by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. to catapult Pangasinan into unprecedented economic growth, took place last February 5 in Poblacion, Sual.
The governor said the event marks another milestone in the history of the province as this will pave the way for the industrialization and the long-delayed economic development of Pangasinan.
He also said the project will spur a new climate of growth that will fan its steady march towards becoming a premier location for investments in Region I.
“Indeed, the Sual Port has the single-handed capability to stimulate more economic activities and livelihood opportunities for our people,” the Governor said even as he added that Pangasinan can now look forward, dream big and begin a new adventure towards greater economic progress and opportunity.
He also said that it is one historic moment when Pangasinan can enjoy the real prospect of moving forward and finally leaving behind the unfortunate years of missed opportunities.
According to Gov. Espino, the Sual Port, once completed, will pave the way for the development of the province’s potential export products like metallic and non-metallic minerals, its abundant supply of high quality sand and gravel and its agricultural crops and fishery products.
“It will provide easier access for our potential exports to reach the global market,” he added.
The governor thanked President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her unflinching commitment to help the province realize new breakthroughs and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for making the project possible by jointly allocating P200 Million to jumpstart the project.
Also designed to accommodate international commercial vessels, the port will spell tremendous potentials for municipal, provincial and regional growth, according to Atty. Doroteo Reyes II, Undersecretaty for Civil Aviation DOTC, as he commended the entire provincial government for the grand occasion which he said is a sure insurance of the future.
First District Representative Arthur Celeste said that with the construction of the port, Pangasinan can now compete with provinces like Davao and Cebu in attracting investors.
“Hindi lang pabor sa Unang Distrito o sa bayan ng Sual, ito po ay pabor sa buong Pangasinan na magpapaangat at magpapalipad sa ating probinsiya tungo sa malawakang progreso at pagbabago,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mayor John Rodney Arcinue of Sual, said the long-awaited project will open the gates towards industrialization, not only of his town, but of the entire province even as he said that there will be more job opportunities and greater revenue for Sual and Pangasinan.
The construction of Phase I of the Sual Port, costing P80.6 Million is expected to be completed in 365 days. The project involves the construction of a RO-RO ramp, rock causeway, including rock bulkhead, fill materials, RC Curb, Stair landing, Zocalo wall, retaining wall and drainage system. (PIO/Rafael Manuel)