DAPITAN CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE
The province of Zamboanga del Norte or simply known as “ZANORTE” is located in the Zamboanga Peninsula, and is bounded by Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south; Misamis Occidental to the east, and Sulu Sea in the northwest. Its capital is Dipolog City generally known as the Gateway to Western Mindanao but unfortunately the city has no wharf of its own and is relying on Port of Pulauan, located in Dapitan City about nine kilometers to reach the said capital. On 6th of June 2012, the province celebrated its 60th founding anniversary. (1)
Dapitan is derived from the word Dapit which means to invite in cebuano dialect. It refers to the group of Boholanos from Panglao Island who were invited by Datu Pagbuaya, the acknowledged founder of the city, to accompany him to the “Dakung Yuta”(big land) that is Mindanao; and the settlement they established was called Dapitan. This is the traditional version of how Dapitan got its name. (2)
On 22nd of June 1963, the once small town rich with history took a giant step forward and became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 3811 which was signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal, thus becoming the first city in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is officially known as the “Shrine City of the Philippines”. Dapitan City is one of the four cities of Region 9 , the other are Zamboanga City, Pagadian City, and Dipolog City. (3)
Our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal spent his last four years in exile in Dapitan. His original estate here has been declared a National Shrine and is being administered by the National Historical Institute. It is envisioned that by the year 2020, the city aims to become the only Jose Rizal heritage center of the country, owing to the wealth of memorabilia and memorable places associated with our national hero.
PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Dapitan
Better known as Pulauan or Pulawan Port from the vernacular word “pulaw” meaning to stay awake even during the wee hours of the night, this because of its location that has been customarily known as having a prominent lighthouse to direct vessels from harms way once it enters and exit the harbor. It is the major point of entry and exit for sea going passengers; and main trading center of Zamboanga peninsula that link to Manila, Cebu and other commercial centers in the Visayas.
Pulauan Port- better known as Dapitan Port- is located in Barangay San Vicente in Dapitan City ( a mere seven kilometers away from the city proper). It is situated in a cove fully protected by mountainous terrain; and is navigable at night by the aid of two Philippine Coast Guard lighthouses- one is visible at Tag-ulo Point, and another lighthouse placed on top of a hill adjacent to Pulauan Port itself. The harbor can be accessed through the waters of North Western Mindanao, particularly in Dapitan Bay which is part of the Sulu Sea. This port is about 404 nautical miles (650 kms.) southwest of manila, 156 nautical miles to Zamboanga City and 111 nautical miles to Cebu City. (4)
Port District Office-Southern Mindanao (PDO-SoMin) Baseport Dapitan is a major trunkline of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), created by the administration of then President Arroyo. It serves as the backdoor of the Western Nautical Highway, which connects seven other Ro-Ro Ports from Luzon and Visayas, namely:
2. Calapan Port, Calapan City Oriental Mindoro
3. Roxas Port, Municipality of Roxas Occidental Mindoro
4. Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay Aklan
6. Bredco Port, Bacolod City
Dapitan was upgraded into a PMO from its former Terminal Management Office (TMO) status through a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Memorandum Order Nos. 2008-D00742R dated 28th of July 2008, and was approved by the former President Gloria Arroyo. Philippine Ports Authority on the other hand also issued Special Order Nos. 2009-128, and 2009-310 for its transfer of jurisdiction to PDO-SoMin which is based in Davao City from formerly being part of the PDO-Northern Mindanao (PDO-NoMin) located in Cagayan de Oro City. (5)
HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION
Port Location: Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City
Port Name: PMO Dapitan
Port Management: Port District Office-Southern Mindanao
Address: Km. 10 Sasa, Davao City Philippines
Web Site: www.ppa.com.ph
Latitude: 8° 39’ 21 N
Longitude: 123° 23’ 26 E
Port Type: Pier, Jetty or Wharf
Port Size: Small
Total Area: 18,255 sq. meters
Terminal Area: 186 sq. meters
RORO Ramps: 2 11x 9 meters
DAPITAN PORT STATISTICS for 2012
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Source: http://www.ppa.com.ph/dapitan port-stats
DAPITAN RO-RO/FERRY GUIDE
DEPARTUREs FOR MANILA
Via Dumaguete City every Wednesday at 9 AM.
DEPARTURES For Dumaguete City
Departs daily at 10 AM, 6 PM and 2 AM. See Fastcat website to view updated fares.
Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4 pm.
Daily departure at 5 AM (385 Pesos per Pax)
Daily departures at 2 AM and 2 PM. Promo Fare is at 352 Pesos per head.
Daily at 10:30 AM. Fare per Pax is at 350 Pesos. SUV is at Php 3,000.
Please check their website for updated schedule. www.cokaliongshipping.com
Departures FoR Cebu City (direct)
Wednesday & Sunday at 7 pm (Schedules are subject to change)
DEPARTURES For Bato, Samboan (Cebu)
Daily at 3 AM (Schedules are subject to change)
Fare per Person: Php 350 for sitting and Php 360 for bed/bunk accommodation.
Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV)- Php 4,220
DEPARTURES For Zamboanga City
Every Tuesday at 12 NN, arrival at Zamboanga Port is on Wednesday at 2 AM. (Schedules are subject to change). Please see G&P’s Facebook page for updated schedules.
Side note: The ferry schedules and fares posted above are sourced from the ticketing booth found in the Port of Dapitan. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and on their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.
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