The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA conducted the first semester Strong Republic Nautical Highways (SRNH) inter-agency meeting recently through Zoom video conference.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the Department of Department of Public WorKs and Highways (DPWH) Oriental Mindoro 1st District and 2nd District Offices, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Southern Tagalog District, MARINA, Philippine Ports Authority- Port Management Office (PPA-PMO) Oriental Mindoro, and Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation (FastCat).
NRO MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Apollo Edwin S. Pagano chaired the meeting. In his opening remarks, he recognized the positive impact of the Nautical Highways System in attaining greater efficiency in the distribution of products and services at various market levels and providing opportunity in creating vibrant local economy.
The DPWH Oriental Mindoro and Southern Mindoro District Engineering Offices (DEOs), meanwhile, presented the status of road and bridge expansion projects along SRNH. With a total length of almost 200 kilometers of roads spanning from Calapan City to the municipality of Bulalacao, the DEOs reported that majority of the roads and bridges along SRNH were already widened while other parts are still under construction and subject for funding. On the status of weigh bridge stations, the DPWH cited that they already identified possible location, in accordance with the criteria and guidelines set in selecting new weighbridge site.
The MARINA provided reports highlighting the rules and regulations pertaining to maritime safety, and their accomplishment for 2021.
In ensuring maritime security, the PCG reported that they conducted 431 maritime patrols covering 20,951.04 square nautical miles, and 12,460 pre-departure inspections on vessels around ports in their area of responsibility for the first quarter of 2022.
The secretariat informed the body that a meeting among PPA, PCG, and Department of Transportation will be conducted on July 20 to discuss the possible co-location of Coast Guard Stations inside PPA-managed ports.