The newly-developed Port of Opol situated in Luyong Bonbon, Opol, Misamis Oriental was inaugurated on 15 July 2019. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Port together with PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago, PMO MOC Port Manager Isidro V. Butaslac Jr.,Opol Municipality Mayor Maximo B. Seno, MARINA-10 Regional Director Felisa Orongan, and PCG Commander Commo. Gregorio I. Adel, Jr., among other dignitaries.
The Opol Port Development Project is one of the projects under the seven (7) Pillars of Development of the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro which was completed on 02 June 2019. This Port will serve as an alternate port for domestic tramping vessels calling at the Port of Cagayan de Oro (Baseport) carrying cargoes coming from the western part of Misamis Oriental and Iligan City and would thereby help in hastening the delivery/transport/loading of cargoes coming from the west of the Province, and subsequently aids in the reduction of the vessels’ waiting/standby time and increase port productivity.
With the diversion of tramping vessels to this alternate port, the berth congestion at the Baseport which had registered an average Berth Occupancy Rate (BOR) of 110% in 2016 and with over 15 vessels at anchorage waiting for berth, is expected to be alleviated. Furthermore, road congestion along entry/exit point in Cagayan de Oro City and towards the Baseport is also aimed to be eased by the construction and near operation of the Port of Opol, as cargo trucks will also be re-routed and will not anymore proceed to the Port of Cagayan de Oro.-IMR Lam