Congestion is a two-pronged problem. It has social and economic implications that require long-term sustainable solutions. This is what PPA hopes to address with the development of the Port of Opol in Misamis Oriental which commenced last March 2017.
The project was pushed by PMO Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro, with the support of the port stakeholders, to alleviate not only the existing port congestion at the Port of Cagayan de Oro but also remedy the congestion in the thoroughfares of Cagayan de Oro. To date, the Port of Cagayan de Oro is experiencing port congestion brought about by the increase in vessel and cargo traffic, indicative of a robust economic growth in the region.
The development and construction of the Port of Opol will address logistical needs of industries in the western portion of Misamis Oriental, including Iligan City. Situated at Brgy. Luyong Bonbon in Opol, Misamis Oriental and is 15 kilometers away from the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Port of Opol will serve as an alternate port for the latter port and will handle tramping vessels with a length overall (LOA) of 60-70 meters carrying breakbulk cargoes. It has a deep and safe harbor with a wharf of 18 x 123 meters and a backup area of about 10,828.83 meters.
With the eventual transfer of these tramping vessels to Opol, the arterial roads and West coast highways leading to the Port of Cagayan de Oro will also see a reduction of long-haul transport vehicles; thus, resolving not only road congestion but port congestion as well!
The progress of the construction works as of January 2018 is at 38% and is expected to be fully operational in the early part of 2019. Already, the residents and local government of the locality are optimistic of the socio-economic impact of the port to their town and nearby municipalities. — By JA Pacturan