Camiguin, Bo­hol-bound fast crafts to sail off, Jan. 15

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Jo Ann Sablad

FAST crafts go­ing to and from Camiguin and Jagna, Bo­hol will be start­ing its op­er­a­tions on Jan­uary 15, four days af­ter the me­moran­dum of agree­ment be­tween the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Opol and the Philip­pine Ar­chi­pel­ago Ports and Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices Inc. was signed.

Ac­cord­ing to Roland Cain­hog, the tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer of Opol, that hav­ing an al­ter­na­tive route, from Opol to Camiguin and Bo­hol and vice versa, will bring con­ve­nience to pas­sen­gers, es­pe­cially those from Laguindin­gan and Ca­gayan de Oro City as they do not need to com­mute for al­most an hour to Balin­goan.

At present, the Balin­goan Port in Misamis Ori­en­tal is the only port in the prov­ince where ves­sels go­ing to and from Camiguin dock.

The land­ing port for Camiguin and Bo­hol-bound fast crafts, Cain­hog said, is lo­cated in the ex­ten­sion area of the fish­ing port in Luy­ong, Bon­bon, Opol, where the ter­mi­nal and ser­vice area for the pas­sen­gers are in the process of com­ple­tion.

The pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal is ex­pected to be com­pleted on or be­fore Jan­uary 15.

Cain­hog said the tourism in­dus­try of Opol will greatly im­prove with the soon-to-be open port for the FastCat, a fleet of cata­ma­ran-type Rol­lon/Roll-off ves­sels.

“Magig­ing en­try point [ang Opol] to other prov­inces at yung mga tourists na pupunta sa Opol (Opol will be an en­try point for other prov­inces and the tourists go­ing to Opol), they will know what is Opol now,” Cain­hog said, adding that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will also be an av­enue for in­vest­ments and the res­i­dents can start their own busi­nesses and sell near the port.

Cain­hog also men­tioned that ac­cord­ing to the me­moran­dum of agree­ment signed on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11, 50 per­cent of the in­come com­ing from the pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal and ser­vice area will be given to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Opol while the other 50 per­cent will be to the Philip­pine Ar­chi­pel­ago Ports and Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices Inc.

“There will be now the in­te­gra­tion of the com­mu­nity in re­gards on the own­er­ship of our es­tab­lish­ment. In re­gards on the econ­omy, of course the 50 per­cent na pa­pa­sok sa LGU (lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit) and it would add more ser­vices to­wards the com­mu­nity,” Cain­hog said.

He added that with lo­cal gov­ern­ment or­di­nance, wherein 60 per­cent of the work­ers will be com­ing from Opol while the 40 per­cent will be from the Philip­pine Ar­chi­pel­ago Ports and Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices Inc., this can give the res­i­dents of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the Public Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Of­fice in Opol, so far, four job po­si­tions are avail­able: cashier, two tell­ers, main­te­nance and util­ity.

As for the im­pact to the en­vi­ron­ment, the tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer said that this will be a chal­lenge to the com­mu­nity, both the baran

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