House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday commended the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) after it announced the establishment of eight new Roll On-Roll Off (RO-RO) missionary routes.
In a statement, the former President lauded MARINA for its effort to “promote greater connectivity and strengthen economic interactions of the various islands of the archipelago.”
“I am glad that the MARINA is working towards supporting the growth of trade and greater connectivity in the country. These new missionary routes will increase the efficiency of transportation and shipping which will ultimately spur growth in the regions,” she said.
MARINA made the announcement during the Oversight Committee on Transportation hearing spearheaded by Arroyo to check on the status of the RORO system, a project she started when she was President.
MARINA OIC Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. presented the new routes at the oversight meeting conducted in Hilongos, Leyte earlier this week.
The new eight RO-RO missionary routes were the following:
1. Daanbantayan, Cebu to Calbayog City, Samar
2. Tabuelan, Cebu to Ajuy, Iloilo
3. Laoay, Bohol to Cagayan de Oro
4. San Juan, Batangas to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
5. Iloilo City to Cuyo, Palawan
6. San Pascual, Burias Island, Masbate to Pasacao, Camarines Sur
7. San Andres, Quezon to Pasacao, Camarines Sur
8. Lucena, Quezon to San Fernando, Cebu
Vingson explained that being missionary routes, the proponent shipping operator will enjoy a five-year route exclusivity or protection of investment.
On top of this, the operator will be granted a 50 percent discount on the regular fees to process all applications and renewal of ship documents, licenses, certificates, and permits.
The establishment of the new routes, which were proposed by shipping operators, is done in support of the Road Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal System (RRTS) as well as the priority program relating to the upgrading of domestic shipping.
This is further in line with the development of the nautical highway under the 10-year maritime industry development plan.