Featured Philippine Ports: PORT OF DAPITAN

Port of Pulauan, 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

Vehicular entrance at Port of Dapitan

Vehicular entrance at 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:

1. Batangas City

2. Calapan Port, Calapan City Oriental Mindoro

3. Roxas Port, Municipality of Roxas Occidental Mindoro

4. Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay Aklan

5. Dumangas, Iloilo City

6. Bredco Port, Bacolod City

7. Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

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)


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


Total number of Ship (Foreign & Domestic)


Gross Registered Tonnage


Deadweight Tonnage


Total Cargo (m.t)


Domestic / Foreign (m.t)

566,207/ 348,238

Total Passenger


Source: http://www.ppa.com.ph/dapitan port-stats


M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Via Dumaguete City every Wednesday at 9 AM.

DEPARTURES For Dumaguete City
Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan.

Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan

Departs daily at 10 AM, 6 PM and 2 AM. See Fastcat website to view updated fares.

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines as seen here in Dapitan Port

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4 pm.

Suoer Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Daily departure at 5 AM (385 Pesos per Pax)

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

Daily departures at 2 AM and 2 PM. Promo Fare is at 352 Pesos per head.

M/V Trisha Kerstin of Aleson Shipping Lines

Daily at 10:30 AM. Fare per Pax is at 350 Pesos. SUV is at Php 3,000.

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Please check their website for updated schedule.  www.cokaliongshipping.com

Departures FoR Cebu City (direct)
M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

Wednesday & Sunday at 7 pm (Schedules are subject to change)

 DEPARTURES For Bato, Samboan (Cebu)
M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping

M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping Lines

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
M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George and Peter Lines

M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George & Peter Lines

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 policyOther 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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1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipolog_City

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dapitan

3. http://www.dapitancity.gov.ph/

4. http://www.zamboanga.com

5. http://www.ppasomin.com

Featured Philippine Ports: DUMAGUIT PORT

Dumaguit, New Washington

Port of Dumaguit


Located in the oldest province in the country, New Washington is one of the municipalities in the Province of Aklan. Formerly called Fonda Lagatik, the name derived from Lagatik river, a tributary stretching more than nine kilometers in length. Established on 15th of January 1904 and was named after President George Washington, the first President of the United States of America as a tribute by Aklanons to the Thomasites.

A mere 20 minutes leisure drive via mass transport from Kalibo City, the town of New Washington is bounded by the Municipalities of Banga and Balete on the west, to the south is Altavas, and in southeast is the Municipality of Batan. The town of Batan by the way is the home of Kalantiaw Shrine  erected  in memory of the third chief of Panay-Rajah Bendahara Kalantiaw the promulgator of the so-called Code of Kalantiaw. (1)

The City of Kalibo the capital of Aklan, is 165 kilometers from the City of Iloilo and can be reached via 3 1/2  hours Ceres transport bus ride (190 pesos for non-aircon). Travel time from Manila North Harbor  to Port of Dumaguit takes around 16 hours.

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Dumaguit

Dumaguit-Batan Ferry Terminal

Dumaguit-Batan Ferry Terminal

Dumaguit Port is situated along a cove rich in mangroves and fish pens. The entrance channel is distinguishable at night by a two lighthouses, one is at the boundary of Dumaguit in the north and the other is on the eastern boundary of Batan.

The inner basin along Dumaguit-Batan coast are fully protected from rough sea during bad weather, and is considered a natural anchorage for small vessel looking for a shelter during storm. Ships with larger draft are not suitable to drop anchor in the cove because of shallow bed and limited turning area. The Port has a terminal building that houses the Port’s administration office and Passenger boarding facilities. It also has small container yard near the building, and a cargo handling equipment (a lone forklift truck). The entire port can operate at night with their three high mast lights installed inside the premises, and street lamps near the entrance/exit gate. Porters are also available to assist travelers to unload their cargoes from ships. Dumaguit-Batan boat terminal and passenger shed are few meters away from the port’s gate.

During 60’s and 70’s era,  at the height of the Ati-Atihan Festival popularity (as the Philippine Mardi Gras is known) popularity, some foreign and local tourist flock Kalibo town using Dumaguit Port as entry point. Today, the said above port are still preferred by backpackers, and budget conscious travelers who want to see the beauty of the Ati-Atihan Festival which is held every third Sunday of January in Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo. The festival is preceded by several weeks of street dancing and merry-making to the tune of drums in honor of the Sto. Nino or the child Jesus.

Dumaguit Port was once the gateway of the Province of Aklan; that is before Caticlan got its  ro-ro connection between Port of Roxas in Mindoro Occidental, and in Batangas Port via Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which were launched by previous administration on April 12, 2003.

There are several vessels that previously serve between Port of Dumaguit and Manila North Harbor during 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s era. Vessels from Aboitiz Shipping’s M/V El Cano, and M/V Legazpi,  W G & A’s  M/V our Lady of Medjugorje are among the vessels that frequented here. (2)

Shipping and Passenger Statistics for 1998 to 2002 













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On 25th of October 1999, the then former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada executed an Order (E.O. Nos. 172) declaring and delineating the Dumaguit Port zone under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. Since then the PDO-Visayas/PMO Iloilo oversee the whole operation of the Port of Dumaguit. (4)

Port of Dumaguit is part of the Nautical highway Project covering the Batangas-Caticlan-Dumaguit and Iloilo route, using western nautical corridor’s east coast of Ivatan-Capiz road. The said project was launched by previous administration to boost inter-island Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Agro-industrial investment opportunities through the use of  land and sea- transports links; taking advantage of the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) network of ferries, and newly constructed/renovated ports totaling 41 sea-ports in a 22 different links. (5)

In 2006, Asia Marine Shipping Lines announces the opening of Batangas-Odiongan, Romblon-Dumaguit route via Super Shuttle Roro 2, a 1769 GT vessel owned by the family of Paul Rodriguez. The said event was graced by the former President herself. (6)


Port Location:   Brgy. Dumaguit New Washington, Province of Aklan

Port Name:   TMO Dumaguit

Port Management:  PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO Iloilo

Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines

Phone:   (033) 337-69-45

Fax:  (033) 337-69-45

Email:   ppailo@philwebinc.com

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Latitude: 11° 35′ 22” N

Longitude: 122° 29′ 20″ E

Total land Area: 276,642.22 sq. meters


From Batangas (via Odiongan):  Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 pm

To Batangas (via Odiongan):  Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday at 12 pm


From Batangas vice versa: 750 pesos minimum (Super Shuttle Roro 2)

To Kalibo proper: 20 pesos (Jeep)

To Caticlan Jetty Port via Ceres Bus: 107 pesos (Air-con)

To Iloilo via Ceres Bus: 194 pesos (Non Air-con)

Note: Be advised that the above shipping schedules are no longer in effect, as changes in vessel and shipping operation have seized.


  1. www.wikitravel.org/en/New_Washington
  2. www.asiatour.com
  3.  file:///I:/ILO-DUMAGUIT%20STAT.htm
  4. www.elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph
  5. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).
  6. www.batangas.com

Featured Philippine Ports: Caticlan Jetty Port


Only in the Philippines

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Is one of the two first class municipalities in the Province of Aklan (the other is Kalibo, home of Ati-atihan Festival). It is also in this province you will find the Island of Boracay, the premier tourist destination in the country.

Malay was used to be part of the Municipality of Buruanga,  but on June 15, 1949 the house of congress pass a bill (Republic Act Nos. 381) creating the municipality of Malay in the province of Capiz. On April 25, 1956 the municipality of Malay became part of the newly created province of Aklan. (1)

The town of Malay can be found at the northwestern tips of Panay Island and is known to be the fastest growing Municipality in the country. It is bounded on the north by Jintotolo channel, on the east is the town of Nabas, by the south is the province of Antique, and on the western portion is the town of Buruanga.(2)

PORT OF ENTRY: Caticlan Jetty Port

Caticlan Jetty Port

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Located in Brgy. Caticlan in the town of Malay, is the main entry/exit point to the Island of Boracay. A short 10 to 15  minutes boat ride crossing Tabon strait will bring you to the closest entry/exit point of Cagban Jetty Port (located in the south side facing the strait) in Brgy. Manuk-manukan, Boracay. Whereas Tambisan (facing east), is the alternative entry/exit point during habagat season. Tourism by the way is at its peak during summer season.

Port statistics shows that between January to March of this year, there are 325,000 recorded numbers of tourist visited the Island of Boracay via Caticlan Jetty Port compared to 210,804 on the same month of 2011.

Cagban Jetty Port

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Caticlan Jetty Port is fully utilized for the RORO vessel operations, connecting Roxas Port in Oriental Mindoro; Lo-oc in Romblon, and Batangas Port. It form part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which was launched on April 12, 2003. (3)

This so called nautical highway combines several provincial road leading to RORO Ports/Wharves connecting the Island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It provide cheaper alternative in transferring of perishable goods, vehicles, and people (tourist and vacationers) as compared to costly liners and air transport.

Caticlan Jetty Port is managed by the Provincial Government of Aklan. It is currently implementing expansion project to be able to accommodate a million tourist visitors by 2013; their reclamation project includes reclaiming a 2.56 hectares of sea next close to the terminal itself. (4)

Caticlan Jetty Port Passenger Terminal building has two wings. The wing on the left side (facing the terminal) are used for ro-ro passengers bound for Mindoro and Batangas. Whereas on the right wing (again facing the terminal) are used by foreign/local tourist and aklanon residents boarding fast craft or motorized outrigger to Cagban Jetty Port.

Connecting both wings is the spacious lobby that houses Administrative offices, Medical Clinic, Shipping company offices, Information kiosk, and Baggage x-ray machine. For the convenience of the passengers, the terminal building are fully air-conditioned with cable television, and WI-FI connection while awaiting for the next boarding call.

Outside the terminal building is a ticketing booth for ro-ro vessels plying Caticlan-Roxas and Caticlan-Batangas  route,  another is the ticketing booth for fastcraft owned by Montenegro Shipping (started on August 8, 2008), and Oyster Ferry Boracay Transport; whereas booth/desk for  Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative with 90 operator/boat member are all house just near the other booth. On the other hand, terminal (fee is 50 pesos), and environmental (fee is 70 pesos) booth can also be found near the ticketing booth. For short of cash, there are two ATM machines on the right wing. Beyond terminal premises are food establishment, drugstore, convenience store, buses and for hire vans to and from Iloilo city.

You may also find large passenger type motorized outrigger going to Lo-oc, Romblon in the leftmost part of the pier, outside the terminal premises.

RORO Schedule to and from Roxas Port please click  here: 2015 Updated Schedule


1. philippinelaw.com.info/statues/ra381

2. www.en.wikipedia.com/boracay

3. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).

4. www.aklan.gov/ph