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MANILA – The Provincial Government of Palawan formally recognized the efforts of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), under the leadership of General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago for improving mobility and connectivity in the province with the completion of three (3) port projects. 
 
Through Provincial Resolution No. 15884, series of 2021, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan expressed its “sincerest gratitude” to Secretary Tugade and GM Santiago for the newly-completed Port of San Fernando in El Nido; the Port of Bataraza in Brgy. Buliluyan; and the Borac Port in Coron which was finished on 19 March 2021. 
 
“Through the resolute leadership and political will of DOTr Secretary Tugade and PPA General Manager Santiago, the people of Palawan have now fulfilled its long-awaited dreams of enhanced connectivity and mobility across parts of the country and even the BIMP-EAGA region,” the resolution states as signed by Palawan Vice Governor and Presiding Officer Victorino Dennis M. Socrates, and approved by Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez. 
 
Secretary Tugade and GM Santiago’s support and commitment to the people of Palawan are manifested in their projects which aim to boost economic progress not only in Palawan, but the entire MIMAROPA region as well, the resolution further stated. 
 
“Kami 'ho ay nagpapasalamat sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Palawan sa pagkilalang ito na siyang nagbibigay sa amin ng kumpiyansa upang magpatuloy. Malapit sa puso ni Pangulong Duterte ang Palawan. Ang mga natapos naming  maritime port projects
dito ay patunay na tuloy ang pagtupad namin sa adhikain ng Pangulo na bigyan ng kumportable at kumbinyenteng buhay ang mga Pilipino,” Secretary Art Tugade said. 
 
“Patuloy kami sa pag-upgrade ng ating mga port project para mas maganda at mas maayos ang serbisyo sa ating port users. Target namin na ma-improve ang iba pang mga pantalan sa lalawigan para may alternate port sa Southern Palawan bukod sa Puerto Princesa,” GM Santiago, for his part, said. 
 
The three completed Palawan port projects, namely the Port of San Fernando, Port of Bataraza, and Port of Borac are among the 465 total seaport projects of the DOTr and PPA completed under the Build, Build, Build Program since the Duterte administration took over in 2016. 
 
These port projects aim to help link the island province to other parts of the country and to nearby countries. 
 
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DOTr-PPA Press Release
14 October 2021