CAVITE CITY, CAVITE — 2019 indeed proved to be a productive year for the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as it launched three priority projects on 08 December 2019 in Cavite City, spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The projects are in line with the agenda of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to reinvent the systems in the government and to provide a comfortable life for every Filipino.
Ease of Doing Business actively implemented, processes made easier
The waiting time for MARINA-related transactions is expected to be significantly reduced following the unveiling of the MARINA Central Office Processing Center (COPC) and the issuance of a regulation of the Registration of Recreational Boats.
The MARINA COPC marker was officially unveiled by DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade and MARINA OIC VADM Narciso A Vingson Jr. Located at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the new facility is just a fair distance away from the metro. All applications–from seaman’s books to ship licensing and registration and other MARINA-related transactions, will be accommodated at the COPC. Decentralizing the frontline services of the MARINA shall aid its Administration in delivering better policy development initiatives, while processing is being attended to by designated MARINA staff with due efficiency.
Meanwhile, the registration process for recreational boats has been shortened to a maximum of three (3) working days. This has been made possible by MARINA Memorandum Circular 2019-DS-01. Through this project, the MARINA aims to promote maritime tourism by encouraging recreational boat owners and operators to engage in the leisure activity business. This is also to regulate and monitor the operations of recreational boats in the Philippine waters to ensure that they are not being used in illegal practices.
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A three-hour one-way commute from Cavite to Manila and Cavite to Pasay or vice versa will now take less than an hour as the DOTr and MARINA reopen the Cavite-Manila Ferry Service system. It was inaugurated by Sec. Tugade, VADM Vingson, House Committee on Transportation Chair Cong. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento, MARINO Party List Representative Cong. Carlo “Sandro” Gonzales, Cavite City Mayor Bernardo “Totie” Paredes, and other high-ranking officials.
Passengers may start using the ferry service from the Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa on 09 December 2019.
“Andito kami ngayon pagka’t hangarin namin na ilunsad at i-revive ang ferry operation ng Cavite. Itong operation ng Cavite ay matagal ding nawala, matagal ding nakalimutan, kaya sabi namin, umpisahan, buhayin, at itaguyod ulit ‘yung ferry operation ng Cavite,” Sec. Tugade said.
Fare rates by Shogun Ships Co. Inc. are P160 for adults, P80 for children, P128 for students, and P114 for senior citizens and persons-with-disability (PWD). At the inauguration, Sec. Tugade enthusiastically announced that fares would be free until 09 January 2020, as “pamasko” for Filipino commuters. Immediately following the launch, the ferry service kicked off its operations with an inaugural voyage from the Cavite City Port Terminal to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Lawton) in Manila. Upon arrival, it was announced that passengers who will ride the MV Island Sabtang, also operated by Shogun Ships Co. Inc. will get free rides until 31 January 2020.
The utilization of the country’s inland waterways will aid in the decongestion of major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. This is also in line with the objectives of the MARINA in its 10-Year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) under Program 3 or the ‘Development of Coastal and Inland Waterways Transport System (CIWTS).’
Two vessels will start operating on 09 December, with two to three more to be added next month to serve the routes.