Camiguin, Bo­hol-bound fast crafts to dock at Opol be­gin­ing De­cem­ber

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business - By Jo Ann Sablad

OPOL Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor Max­imo Seno, on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1, said fast crafts go­ing to and from Camiguin and Bo­hol will be dock­ing at the pier in Opol, Misamis Ori­en­tal tem­po­rar­ily start­ing this De­cem­ber.

“Ito kas­ing pan­ta­lan natin gi­nagamit sa fish land­ing natin. So ngayon, gu­mawa kami ng res­o­lusyon or or­di­nance na mag­a­mit [ang pier] sa fast craft (The pier is be­ing used by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fish land­ing. Now, we are cre­at­ing a res­o­lu­tion or an or­di­nance pur­su­ing the use of the pier by fast crafts),” Seno said.

Seno said the FastCat, a fleet of cata­ma­ran-type Rol­lon/Roll-off ves­sels which is op­er­ated by the Ar­chi­pel­ago Philip­pine Fer­ries Cor­po­ra­tion, will be able to cater pas­sen­gers all over Misamis Ori­en­tal who are plan­ning to travel to Camiguin and Bo­hol.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, each FastCat ves­sel can ac­com­mo­date up to 275 pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing the dis­abled and the el­derly, and has a ca­pac­ity of ap­prox­i­mately 300 lane me­ters for trucks, cars and other land ve­hi­cles. It can hold 34 cars and a seven trucks or buses.

With the Opol pier as its land­ing port, Seno said this will boost the tourism of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and can help with pro­vide em­ploy­ment to its res­i­dents, adding that the ad­di­tional em­ploy­ees, such as those in its tick­et­ing of­fice, se­cu­rity guards, etc., hired by the FastCat will be from Opol.

Seno also said that the mu­nic­i­pal will be able to gain rev­enue from the pro­ceeds com­ing from the charges which will be paid by the FastCat such as the land­ing fee, work­ing fee, and among oth­ers.

“Yung pasa­hero na­man, mag­babayad ng ter­mi­nal fee. Yung in­come ng Opol yan (The pas­sen­gers will also be pay­ing for the ter­mi­nal fee. The in­come from that will be given to Opol),” Seno added.

Seno said the ten­ta­tive sched­ule of FastCat’s op­er­a­tions in Opol will start on De­cem­ber 16, that is, Seno added, if the per­mit and all the re­quire­ments the ferry needed will be com­pleted right away.

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