Pushed to the sidelines by competition from private port facilities, the government-owned Sasa Wharf will soon get back its glory as Davao City’s premier loading and unloading pier for domestic and ocean-going vessels.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) has given the go-signal for a P19 billion modernization of the wharf located in Davao City’s industrial Second District zone.
Recommended by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and approved by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda), the Sasa Port Modernization Project will rehabilitate and modernize facilities, operation and maintenance of the port, said Neda-Davao Region director Maria Lourdes D. Lim.
Lim bared the Sasa Wharf rehab fund, along with the P40 million expansion project for the Davao International Airport, during the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan 2014-2016 Roadshow held in Davao City recently.
There are now about half-a-dozen private international-standard port facilities competing with the outdated Sasa Wharf in the Second District.
With the modernization plan, the port was expected to boost its services to end up as a major revenue generating facility.
In a briefer presented during the roadshow, the port modernization project would include the construction of new quay wall and terminal, procurement, installation and operation of five Ship-to-Shore gantry (gooseneck-type) cranes, 14 Rubber Tyred Gantries, two reach stackers, 30 terminal tractors, 35 container trailers, 10 empty container handlers, and other auxiliary equipment. JOANNA C. BALANZA