SIQUIJOR ISLAND RORO & FERRY GUIDE


Port of Siquijor

RoRo/Ferry schedules and fares posted below are base from the information provided by the ticketing booth found in the Port’s of Larena and Siquijor, both of which are located in the Island of Siquijor. 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 operators, cargo rates, terminal fees and policies can be found at their respective websites or at Larena/Siquijor Port Terminal Office itself. Continue reading

DUMAGUETE RORO & FERRY GUIDE – 2017 UPDATE


Port of Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard  Dumaguete City

These Ro-Ro/Ferryu schedules and fares are sourced from ticketing booth found at Port of Dumaguete. The informations provided herein are 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/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

I.    DUMAGUETE  TO DIPOLOG ( VIA DAPITAN)

M/V GP Ferry 2 of George & Peter Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and 6 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

 Departs every Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 5pm

Fares per Pax starts at  385 Pesos (Promo Fares at  308 only)

SUV/SEDAN- Php 3,500

Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

M/V Danica Joy departs daily at 4 AM

M/V Krisha Kerstin departs daily at 1:00 PM

M/V Ciara Joie 5 departs daily at 3:30 PM

Fares per person start at 350 Pesos/ Air-con accommodation at 450 Pesos

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,000 (Promo)

Motorcycle- Php 1200 (include the driver)

 Schedule: Departs daily at 6 AM 

Fares start at  352 Pesos per Pax

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,525

Motorcycle- Php 1,408 with driver

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 6AM, 2PM & 10 PM

II.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO CEBU CITY

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Every Sun-Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat at 12 MN 

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Georich one of the oldest ferry on service as of today. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Monday,  Friday, and Saturday at 11 pm

Thursday at 9 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

III.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO ZAMBOANGA CITY 

M/V Zamboanga Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Every Monday

Fare per Pax start at 750 Pesos 

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

Sched: Departs every Monday at 11:59 PM

IV.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO LARENA OR  SIQUIJOR, SIQUIJOR

GL Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Daily except Saturday at 5:45AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, 12NN, 3 PM & 4:00 PM

 Fare per Pax: Php 175 Air-con

M/V Ciara Joie of Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Departs daily at 8:30 AM/10:30 AM/ 3:30 PM & 6 PM

Fare per person 100 Pesos

Mountain Bike- 100 Pesos

Motorcycle- Php 680 with driver

Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV) 1,300 Pesos

Cebu-Tagbilaran-Dumaguete v.v route

Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Departs daily at 7:20 AM & 4:0 PM (for Siquijor, Siquijor)

9:40 AM & 6:20 PM for Larena, Siquijor

Fare per Fax: Php 235

LCT Delta Car Ferry

Delta Fast Ferries (no longer exist)

Schedule: Sun-Fri (10:15am & 4:30pm)/ Sat (9am, 12nn, & 4:30pm)

Pax Fare: Php 160

Montenegro Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Daily Trips at 10 AM & 6 PM (goes to Port of Larena)

Daily Departure at 7 AM & 2 PM (goes to Siquijor, Siquijor)

Fare per Pax to Larena- Php 170 (economy)

To Siquijor – Php 130

Four-wheeled vehicle (SUV) 1,430 Pesos

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Mbca Jaylann of GL Shipping Lines

Departs daily to Siquijor, Siquijor

Fares per Pax: Php 175 (Air-con)

Orlines Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

No schedule as of the moment

V.  DUMAGUETE CITY  TO TAGBILARAN CITY

Dgte-Tagbi route

Schedule: Departs daily at  8:30 AM & 3:00 PM

Fares start at 700 Pesos per Pax

 VI.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO MANILA

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

Depart every Wedneday at 1 PM

BATANGAS PORT RORO/FERRY GUIDE-2019 UPDATES


Only in the Philippines

Ferry schedules and fares posted here are base from the information provided by the shipping company’s ticketing personnel found in the Port of Batangas. Related information can also be gathered either from the shipping company’s website or in the port of destination listed below. 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 operators, cargo rates, wharfage fees and policies can be found at the ticketing/booking office of shipping companies mentioned.

Shipping schedules, by the way, are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it on your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -on personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omissions, or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen) it might posted herein; nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. THE USE OF INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated.

Images posted here belongs to the owner/author and are protected by COPYRIGHTS. Should you wish to use any of this images/photos please make sure you have permission to do so. No photo grabbing PLEASE!

I.  BATANGAS to  SIBUYAN & ROMBLON, ROMBLON

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NAVIOS SHIPPING LINES

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

GRAND VENTURE

Batangas to Cajidiocan (Sibuyan Island)

Sun/ Wed/Fri

3 PM

 950 Pesos (Economy) + 30 Pesos trminal fee.

Batangas to San Augustin (Tablas Island)

Sun & Wed

4 PM

850 Pesos

GRAND UNITY

Batangas to Romblon 

Sun/ Wed/Fri 3 PM

 850  Pesos (Economy) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Batangas to San Agustin (Tablas) Sunday & Wednesday 4 PM

Php 850 (Economy)

You may contact this number for updated schedules mobile# 0908 146 2243

MV Princess Anavell

MV Princess Anavell

 CSGA FERRY CORP.

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

See above photo

For Romblon

For Odiongan

Thurs and Sat

Tuesday

4 PM

Php 610 Economy + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Anthony de Padua

2GO TRAVEL

Vessel

Destination Day Time

Fare

St. Ignasius de Loyola Batangas to Odiongan

 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

10 AM

Please check 2GO website for details.
 

 
  Batangas to Romblon

See https://travel.2go.com

 
 
M/V Maria Xenia

M/V Maria Xenia

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Destination

DAY ETD

FARE

Batangas to Romblon

Monday Thursday and Saturday

5 PM

954 Pesos Economy *

Batangas to Odiongan  Daily except Tuesday   5 PM  

762 Pesos Economy*

Batangas to San Jose, Occ. Mindoro Mon/Wed and  Friday

6 PM

726 Pesos Economy *
San Jose, Mindoro Occidental to Coron, Palawan

Daily

6 AM

590 Economy *

  • plus 30 Pesos terminal fee

SUV Fares for Batangas to Romblon: Php 6,656 (includes driver) + wharfage fee.

Romblon to Batangas Ferry Guide, please follow the link: Romblon Guide 2019

II.   BATANGAS TO MASBATE- CEBU & CAGAYAN DE ORO  
Super Shuttle RORO 3

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 SUPER SHUTTLE RO-RO 

ROUTE

DAY/TIME

FARE

Batangas to Masbate Tuesday at 3 PM Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Masbate to Cebu Wednesday at 12 NN Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Cebu to Cagayan de Oro Thursday at 7 PM Masbate to CDO- Php 1,200*
Cagayan de Oro to Cebu Saturday at 6 PM

Cebu to Masbate Sunday at 12 NN Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Masbate to Batangas Monday at 11 AM Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Batangas to Odiongan Tue-Thurs-Sat at 3 PM  ticket fare+ terminal fee
III.   BATANGAS TO  CULASI, ROXAS CITY

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SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 2

Departs every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 3 PM

Fares at Php 800 Economy/ Php 950 Air-con + 30Pesos terminal fee.

Note: You may contact Super Shuttle ticketing booth for updated schedule: mobile# 0915 646 6857 or 0916 415 3322

Copyright: mcgutib

2GO TRAVEL (see travel.2go.com for the latest update)

Departs every Tuesday and Friday at 10 PM

Fares at Php 840 ++ (includes tax and other fees) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.


IV.  BATANGAS to CATICLAN 
St. Ignatius of Loyola

M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola

2GO TRAVEL

Please see 2GO travel website for updated schedules, fares and discount offers.

VBATANGAS TO CALAPAN CITY 

Copyright: mcgutib

BESTA SHIPPING LINES

Departs daily at-

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12:30

12:30

2:30

3:30

6:30

5:30
7:30

7:30

9:30

9:30

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person + terminal fee. SUV Fares at Php 1,500 (incudes driver) + wharfage fee.

copyright: mcgutib

SUPER SHUTTLE  FERRY

Two trips a daily departing every 5:15 AM and 5:15 PM

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

MONTENEGRO/MARINA SHIPPING LINES 

Departs  daily at :

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12 MN

12 NN
2:00

2:00

4:00

4:00

6:00

6:00

8:00

8:00

10:00

10:00

Economy fare is at  240 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

SUV Fare:  1,536 Pesos (includes driver) + Wharfage fee.


Copyright: mcgutib

FASTCAT 

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

12:00

2:30
1:30

6:00

6:00

8:00

9:00

11:00

Economy fare is at 240 Pesos/Person + 30 Pesos terminal fee. Check their website for added infos.

St. Sealthiel

copyright: mcgutib

SUPERCAT

Departures daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

6:00

12:30

7:30

2:00

9:00

3:30
10:30

5:00

12:30

6:30/8 PM

Economy fare is at 360 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee. You may check their websites for more infos.

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Copyright: mcgutib

OCEAN JET

Departs daily:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
4:50

12:20

6:20

1:00/1:50 PM

7 AM/7:50

3:20

9:20

4:50

10:50

6:20/ 7 PM

Economy fare is at 300 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee. You may check their websites for more infos.

Copyright: mcgutib

 STARLITE FERRIES

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
1:00

1:00

3:00

3:00

5:00

5:00

7:00

7:00

9:00

9:00
11:00

11:00

Economy fare per is at 250 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

* Four-wheeled vehicle (cars/suv) fare cost at 1,536 Pesos not including the wharfage fee.

VI. BATANGAS TO ABRA DE ILOG
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MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 1 AM, 5 AM, 9 AM, 1 PM, 5 PM & 9 PM

Minimum fare at 260 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Motorcycle (125 cc) + driver- 900 Pesos + wharfage fee.

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Copyright: mcgutib

BESTA SHIPPING LINES INC.

Daily trip: 12 MN, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 NN, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Economy Fare is at 260 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee. SUV Fares at Php 1,870 (includes driver) + Wharfage fee.

VII.  BATANGAS TO PUERTO GALERA

copyright: mcgutib

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 7AM and 12PM

Minimum fare at 170 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Starlite Ferries

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STARLITE FERRIES

Ro-Ro daily schedules at 10 AM & 6 PM. Economy fare is at 180 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

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Starlite Juno. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs for Puerto Galera daily every 5:30 AM, 11 AM & 3:30 PM

Departs for Balatero daily every 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

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BANCA TRIPS

MINOLO SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

 5:00 (Peak Season)

6:00

12 NN

6:30

12:30

7:00

12:45

7:15

1:00

7:30

1:30

7:45

2:00

8:00

2:30

8:30

2:45

9:00

3:00

9:30

3:30

10:00

4:00

10:30

4:30

10:45

5:00

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax- Php 250 (Muelle) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

 – 300 Pesos (White Beach) +30 Pesos terminal fee

-350 Pesos (Aninuan/Talipanan) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

FATHER & SON SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:00

12 NN

5:15

12:35

5:30

12:45
5:45

1:05

6:15

1:30

6:30

1:45

7:00

2:00

7:15

2:30

7:30

2:45

7:45

3:00

8:10

3:30

8:25

3:45

8:45

4:00

9:00

4:15
9:35

4:30

10:00

10:45

11:15

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax: Php 250 (Muelle & Sabang) + terminal fee.

GALERIAN

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:15

12 NN

5:35

12:30

6:15

1:10

6:45

1:45

6:50

2:15

7:30

2:35

8:00

3:00

8:20

4:00

8:45

4:30

9:30

5:00

10:00

5:30

10:30

11:00

11:30

 

CHALLENGE & PASSION

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:20

12:25

5:45

1:30

6:30

2:15

7:00

2:40

7:30

3:30
8:25

4:45

9:10

9:30

10:00

11:55

DEL MUNDO

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

6:15 (Seasonal)

7:30

1:15

9:15

3:15

12:15

5:15

RHEALAINE

Morning Trips- 9 AM

Afternoon Trips- 1 PM & 4:30 PM

Featured Philippine Ports: Batangas Port


Batangas Port

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BATANGAS

Better known as the “Industrial Port City”,  Batangas is one of the fastest growing economy in CALABARZON province-an export driven industrial development region that stimulated the growth of shipping activities in Batangas Port. Bordered by the Province of Cavite and Laguna to the north; Quezon Province to the east, crossing Verde Island Passage to the south is Mindoro, and to the west is the West Philippine Sea. It’s capital is Batangas City.

Long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the country, large communities are already settled along the Pansipit River- a navigable channel (it used to be- that is before Taal volcano’s eruption in 18th century) connecting Taal Lake to Balayan Bay. These community have been engaging trades with Japanese during Muromachi period, and Chinese traders since the Ming Dynasty in the 13th and 15th century.

The first Spanish missionaries arrived in 1572, later on in 1581 a settlement was established and named it “Batangan”  because of the numerous big logs that were seen at Calumpang river. The logs by the way were named “batang” by people settled near the river, and later on the word batang were replaced and it became Batangas in 1601.

On 21st of June 1969, the late President Ferdinand Marcos signed a law (Republic Act No. 5495) creating Batangas a City. On 23rd of July 1969, Batangas City government was formally established.

Batangas City is approximately 112 kilometers southwest of Manila. Batangas Port (declared as a national port in 1956) on the other hand, is located in Barangay Sta. Clara, about two kilometers from the city proper; and situated in the northeastern part of Batangas bay, a strategic site for the development of port facilities. The bay area has a 180 square kilometers of body of sea while the mouth of the bay is approximately 16 kilometers across, and is well-protected by Mindoro, Maricaban Island, and Calumpan Peninsula. Batangas Bay has a steep underwater slope, thus for the most part the bay is calm and deep perfect for large ocean going vessel to anchor near the shoreline.

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Batangas

This ISO 9001:2008 certified port was first constructed in the middle of 1930’s, its facilities were utilized as the entry/exit for people and products going to and from the Province of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA). More importantly, Port of Batangas served as the strategic shipping venue for all industries in the areas of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (CALABARZON-as it was popularly known).

The port facilitates the transport link by land and sea routes using inter-modal buses, ro-ro/lo-lo vessels, motorized out-rigger boats, and mono-hauled/trimaran fastcraft (introduced in 1995) within the Ports of Calapan, Puerto Galera, and Abra de Ilog in Oriental Mindoro. It also links the west coast ports of San Jose and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro, Ports in Sta. Cruz and Balanacan in the province of Mariduque, Port of Romblon and Odiongan; so does the Port of Coron in Busuanga Island, and major Ports in Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro as well.

Batangas Port form part of Port Authority’s Strong Republic’s Nautical Highway (SRNH) project bridging the island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in an extensive network of highways and ro-ro inter-connectivity. Western Nautical Highway is composed of RORO Ports linking between:

– Batangas City and Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro;

Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and Caticlan, Aklan;

Dumangas Port, Iloilo  and BREDCO Port, Bacolod City ;

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Batangas Port ferry schedules and fare, click here: RORO/FERRY 2015 Schedule

How to get here?

Ceres Bus at Batangas Port

Ceres Bus at Batangas Port

Port of Batangas is strategically located on the northeastern section of Batangas Bay along the southwestern part of Luzon. The port is about three to four hours away from Manila’s business and commercial district via South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) which then connects to Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star Tollway), and its extension  Alabang -Calamba-Sto. Tomas Toll Expressway (ACTEX).  Bus lines like the RRCG, Ceres Transport, Alps Express, JAM Trans, Supreme Transit Liner Inc., DLTB Co., N. de la Rosa Transit, and Batangas Star Express are amongst competing on this route. You may be familiar with their dashboard signage:

  1. Buendia/Taft-Batangas Pier
  2. Cubao-Batangas Pier
  3. Taft/Pasay-Batangas Pier
  4. Lawton-Batangas Pier
  5. Ortigas-Batangas Pier
  6. Alabang-Batangas Pier

Pre -Development Stage

Batangas Port started its roll on-roll off operation to Mindoro Province in 1981. And by 1994, the volume of  sea-going passengers heading to Calapan, Puerto Galera, and Abra de ilog steadily increased due to influx of vacationers and local tourist during holidays and weekends to take advantage of beautiful sand beach, and breathtaking sceneries that offer leisure and relaxation. Passenger traffic among  various shipping liner with connections to Mindoro’s west coast ports of San Jose and Sablayan, Romblon’s Odiongan and Tablas Port, so does Coron Port in Busuanga Island, have all been picking up its pace in succeeding years thus competing to giant inter-island shipping companies which offers  Manila direct route.

Due to the congestion and over-capacity of Port of Manila in the early years, government agency planners seek alternative ports to address these issues. A major opportunity for development of Batangas Port were then foreseen because of the fact that it sits on a strategic location-which is near proximity to the thriving economic zone of CALABARZON region, the Agri-Marine products of  MIMAROPA, and the growing economies of the provinces in Vis-Min region. It has been established that vessels sailing from major ports of origin around the Visayas and Mindanao area, would likely save fuel and time if it chooses  Batangas Port rather than the usual North or South Harbor as their port of destination, the reason behind it is because sailing to North harbor for example add six hours more; sailing in both the northward and southward direction will cost more fuel and precious time (approximately 12 hours turn around).

Batangas Port then was once considered one of the two most underdeveloped ports in the country (the other is port of Cebu), and  already struggling to accommodate rolling cargo traffic and large number of domestic vessels. Existing port facilities then are “cramped and dilapidated making orderly and efficient operation impossible” (5). The Port itself cannot meet the necessities needed for tourist/passenger’s convenience especially during peak season, thus contributed to the inefficiency in shipping services.

The Port neither had any berth specifically built for ro-ro vessel, thus limiting ferry operators to three companies. It was customary then for a ferry vessel to remain at berth even past their scheduled departure time just waiting to fill all the vacant spaces with vehicles and passengers, forcing the next vessel in-line to wait for more hours for their turn.

In 1981, a preliminary study were made by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), instituting a plan to relieved Manila’s premier ports of portions of the international and domestic liner shipping trade. A major development project was formed together with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and is considered to be one of the anchor projects for the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon regional development program. It aimed to:

i). Improved the function as the access point to Mindoro Island: To promote the supplies and distribution of agricultural products from Mindoro to Southern Tagalog Region, thereby contributing to the development of Mindoro Island.

ii). Function as a hub port contributing to the economic development of its hinterlands: To stimulate the regional economic development of the Southern Tagalog Region, the industrial heartland of the Philippines.

(iii). Functions relating to the National Capital Region: As a second port to supplement Manila Port’s North and South harbor where traffic congestion is worsening.

In 1984, the Batangas Port Expansion Program were formulated by the Philippine Government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

On December of 1985, a feasibility study were conducted for the Development Project of Batangas Port (known as Batangas Port Study). It was initiated by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), upon the request from Philippine government and it became the basis for a loan from Japan’s Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF)  for the construction of Phases 1 and Phase 2 project. Within the feasibility study, the development plans were divided between short-term and long-term elements.

Executive Order No. 385, issued by then former President Corazon Aquino on the 19th of December 1989 delineated the territorial jurisdiction of the Port of Batangas, an important moved to increased its land use for future expansion. But it also raises future tensions, problems, issues, resulting to court battles between affected land owners/settlers on the affected community, and government implementing agencies. Issues such as land ownership, forced-eviction, compensation, re-settlement, so on and so forth.

Department of Transportation and Communication likewise were given a task to prepare a National Port Transport Plan to address regional development needs, and comply with the privatization program integrating an inter-modal transport network that would link road, rail, sea, and air transport systems efficiently. Executive Order Nos. 212, paves the way for the deregulation of all government ports in the country.

Batangas Port Development Project (BPDP) of the Philippine Ports Authority was one of the major flagship programs of Philippines 2000, the development plan of then President Fidel Ramos Administration in its bid for a globally competitive economy.

Facilities of Batangas Port before the implementation BPDP

Facilities Size

Size

Use

Status

Construction Date

Pier I Length 135mtrs.Width 15mtrs.Water Depth 6mtrs. Shared between Ro-Ro and general cargo vessel

Under repair

(from typhoon damage)

1940’s

Pier II Length 48mtrs.Width 12mtrs.Depth 4mtrs.

Shared between Ro-Ro and general cargo vessel

Extremely dilapidated

1971

Pier III Length 85mtrs.Width 15mtrs.Depth 2.67mtrs.

Inner side for ship repair, outer side for barge mooring

Extremely dilapidated

1971

Parallel wharves  Length 93mtr.Width 15mtrs.Depth 7.5mtrs.

General cargo vessels (domestic and foreign)

Wharf entrance

congested with cargo vehicles

1972

Land for Portfacilities

2.6 ha

Offices, customs house, passenger terminal, parking space

Cramped and crowded with vehicles,passengers and cargo.

N.A

Vessels serving Batangas Port  in 1994 (MARINA franchised)

OPERATOR/NAME OF VESSEL

TYPE OF VESSEL

ROUTE

AC SHIPPING LINES. CO.

 

M/VPRINCESS AC – IV

PAX-FERRY

PGalera -BTGS-PGalera

MB QUEEN AC -II

PAX-FERRY

PGalera -BTGS-TGLY-BTGS – PGalera

MB PRINCESS AC-VI

PAX-FERRY

PGAL -PISA-TGLY-BTGS- TGLY-PISA-PGAL

 

BERNARDO ATIENZA

 

MB AC-1

PAX-FERRY

PGAL-BTGS-PGAL

 

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

 

MB DON VICENTE

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-ABRA DE ILOG-BTGS

MB DONA MATILDE

PAX-FERRY

BTGS- ABRA DE ILOG -BTGS

MB DON FRANCISCO

PAX-FERRY

BTGS- ABRA DE ILOG -BTGS

 

SI-KAT FERRIES INC.

 

MB SI-KAT II

PAX-FERRY

PGALERA-BTGS-PGALERA

 

VIVA SHIPPING LINES

 

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA II

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-BUAN-GSAN-ODIO-LOOC-SAGU-ROMBON-SAGU-LOOC-ODIO-GSAN-BUAN-BTGS

M/V LADY OF LOURDES

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA IV

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA VI

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA IX

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA STA ANA

PAX-FERRY

BTGS–SANJOSE-BTGS

Post-Development Stage

Batangas Domestic Cargo Berth

Batangas Domestic Cargo Berth

Phase 1 Project

Domestic area project correspond to the short term portion of Batangas Port Development Plan’s overall plan, and aimed on improving, and expanding the cramped and inadequate facilities of the Port- so that movement of passengers, vehicles, cargoes, and roll-0n-and roll-off vessels become more efficient. It was constructed at a cost of P1.60 billion under the 17th Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF). Completed on march of 1999, three years and seven months behind scheduled completion date of august of 1995. Their new and modern facility includes:

A total berthing capacity of 16 berths with controlling water depth of between 5 to 10 meters, ready to serve at at any given time;

It has a modest capacity to accommodate 11 RORO vessels (six roll-on/roll-off ramp at 680 meters in total length);

It has seven berths for high speed ferries of 540 meters in total length;

and two berthing facilities for cargo vessels of 200 meters in length.

Three fully Air-conditioned Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTB’s) capable of handling three million embarking passengers annually.

A range of modern cargo handling equipment including quay cranes and forklifts are available. A computerized cargo tracking system is also being used.

Storage warehouses, reefer vans, maintenance shop, power and pump houses;

A 25,000 sq. meters of marshalling yard;

It has a total land area of 206,349 square meters.

Batangas VTMS Radar Station 2

Batangas VTMS Radar Station 2

For passenger safety, vessel security, and traffic monitoring along the harbor, baseport Batangas installed a total port security system; this includes vessel traffic management system or VTMS (manned by coast guard personnel). Crowd monitoring system, Gate management system, Mobile x-ray scanning machine, and Harbor patrol craft.

Changes in fastcraft  operation between Batangas and Calapan

 

1997

(Before completion of the project)

1998

 (After completion of the project)

Number of specialized berths

0

7

Number of ferry operators

2

3

Round trips for ferry/day

3-6

4-7

Number of vessels

7

7

Crossing time (Batangas ~ Calapan)

45 mins.

45 mins.

Number of departures per day

32

35

First and last departures from Batangas

5:00 am/6:30 pm

4:45 am/6:30 pm

Changes in Ro-Ro vessel operation between Batangas  and Calapan

 

1997

 (Before completion of the project)

1998

 (After completion of the project)

Number of specialized berths

0

6

Number of ferry operators

3

8

Round trips for ferry/day

2

3

Number of vessels

10

18

Average vessel GT

480GT

590GT

Crossing time (Batangas ~ Calapan)

2-3 H

2-3H

Number of departures per day from

24

52

First and last departures from Batangas Port

1 am-9 pm

12:30 am/11:30 pm

Phase II Project

Batangas Port Development Plan Phase II project represent the long-term plan for Batangas Port. Costing three billion pesos,  it sits on 128 hectare expanded area specifically built for large-scale cargo handling, with capacity to handle foreign/domestic cargoes at 4.34 million tons per year (in 2005); to which it could promote its functions as a supplementary port for Manila. It was planned to serve not only the Visayas-Mindanao region, but design to meet the demands of growing trade, and commerce between the countries in the ASEAN region. The Phase II loan agreement was signed on March 1997; assisted by five and a half billion pesos loan grant from Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC). It was inaugurated on January 19, 2008, two months ahead of the scheduled completion.

Phase II Project is subdivided into Packages 1, 2 and 3 namely:

Package 1 are civil and marine works; it includes container terminal and handling equipment instillation (estimated cost of P1.06 billion), general cargo berth, dredging, and reclamation works, building construction and support facilities.

Boarding bridge

One of five boarding bridges installed in Batangas Port.

 Package 2 on the other hand, are construction of five boarding bridges and elevated walkways were completed.

 Package 3, better known as Arterial Road Links Development Project is a port access and flyover construction. These includes the P1.5-billion Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) projects, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) road widening and expansion project.

Batangas Port Management

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is a government-owned corporation attached to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 505 dated 11 July 1974, its functions are to coordinate, streamline, improve and optimize the planning, development, financing, construction, maintenance and operations of ports or port system in the country.

The Port District of South Luzon (PDO-SOLUZ) is one of the five (5) port district offices created in 1988, to promote the de-centralization of authority and pursue local and regional development programs and strategies. The District Office supervises the Port Management Offices (PMO) and likewise serves as their linkage with the Philippine Ports Authority’s head office. PDO Southern Luzon has four (4) management offices in its wing, namely;

  1. PMO Batangas (Baseport)
  2. PMO Calapan
  3. PMO Legazpi
  4. PMO Puerto Princesa

On the other hand, Baseport Batangas has the jurisdiction of the six (6) Terminal offices, namely;

  1. TMO BAUAN   Brgy. Aplaya Bauan, Batangas,
  2. TMO LUCENA  Brgy. Talao-Talao, Lucena City
  3. TMO BALANACAN  San Andres Point, Balanacan Marinduque
  4. TMO STA CRUZ  Marinduque
  5. TMO ODIONGAN  Brgy. Batiano, Odiongan Romblon
  6. TMO ROMBLON  Municipality of Romblon,  Romblon Island

Batangas Port is exclusively operated by Aries Arrastre Services Inc. (subsidiary of Asian Terminals Inc.) with the charges set by PPA,  and a prescribed portion of the profits are paid to the PMO Batangas.

Batangas Port Characteristics

LATITUDE: 13° 45.2′ N
LONGITUDE: 121° 06.6″ E

Navigational Approach From the south, between Motoco Point and Malajibo manok  Islands with an opening of 3 ½ miles, white flashing beacon on Malajibomanok Island Center, duration 0.3 seconds every 10 seconds visible within 8 miles in clear weather. Islands and point can be approached within ½ miles.

Anchorage: The anchorage area is 0.37 km. from shoreline, southwest of the piers with depth of 27.4 to 32.9 meters mud bottom. During southwest monsoon, vessels may anchor off Mabini, Batangas. Good holding grounds off 0.46 km. from the shoreline, with depths of 21.9 to 25.6m. Foreign vessels find good anchorage area southwest of the piers.

Sea Distance:

Batangas to Calapan- approximately 25.65 nautical miles

Batangas to Puerto Galera- approximately 15.47 nautical miles

Batangas to Manila- approximately 92.23 nautical miles (via North of Maricaban Island)

Batangas to Cebu- approximately 303 nautical miles.


 REFERENCES:

1. Batangas Port Development Project

2. http://bulatlat.com/main/2007/02/10/12-years-of-privatization-of-the-port-of-batangas/

3. batangascity.gov.ph
4. Nathan Associates Inc. 1994. Liner Shipping Route Study, Final Report, vols. 1 and 14. Manila: United States Agency for International Development.

5. Dr. Emma Porio, Demolition and Resettlement of Sta. Clara Residents: Policy, Politics, and Personalities in the Batangas Port Development Project. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

6. Myrna S. Austria, 2003. Liberalization and Deregulation in the Domestic Shipping Industry: Effects on Competition and Market Structure.

7. philippines.wikia.com/wiki/Batangas

8. Introduction & summary of Batangas Port presentation by JICA-JCCIPI

9. pdosoluz.com.ph

Featured Philippine Ports: ILOILO PORTS


Aerial view of Iloilo Strait, taken on-board a commercial aircraft.

Aerial view of Iloilo Strait, taken on-board a commercial aircraft.

 ILOILO CITY

Widely called “Syudad sang Iloilo”in hiligaynon dialect, these historical city is located in the south coast of Panay Island- in the western visayas region and is the main entry point of the Province of Iloilo.The city lies on a flat alluvial plain, reclaimed mostly from the swampy areas due to urbanization and industrialization in the late 19th century up to this day. Traversing the city are the rivers of Iloilo, Batiano, Jaro and Dungon Creek; iloilo river in particular is an estuary that separates the districts of Molo, Villa Arevalo and the rest of the city proper. On the other hand, Jaro river is fed by its tributary the Aganan, and Tigum passing-by the flood plains of the Jaro, and La Paz districts. The city is 337.6 nautical miles south of the nation’s capital, Manila. (1)

Iloilo RiverIn 17th century, during early Spanish colonial period, the spaniards moved their seat of power to the village of Irong-Irong due to recurrent raids by the Dutch privateers and the moro pirates. With its natural advantage (as compared to their former settlement in Ogtong now named Oton) the Spaniards later built Fort San Pedro to better guard against moro raids, which were the major threats to the settlement. Fondly called “Irong-Irong or Ilong-Ilong”, meaning “nose-like” shape if viewed from above (see the image above for better visualization), the river’s old name was shortened to Iloilo, and later on became the capital of the province in 1673- converted to a city in 1890.

In 1900, during American colonial period, the commonwealth government returned the city’s status into a township again, but because of its continuous commercial activities (during the development of sugar industry in Iloilo and its neighboring island of Negros); and being an important port of call in the Visayas-Mindanao area, iloilo regained its city status on July 16, 1937 through Commonwealth Act 158. (2)

PORT OF ENTRY:  Ports of Iloilo

There are five (5) ports of entry/exit in Iloilo. One is Port of San Pedro, the largest port in Panay Island in terms of land area and the ability to handle thousands of passengers and cargoes annually. Another is La Paz wharf, wherein a new passenger terminal building is being constructed, and soon to operate within a year; Ortiz or Parola wharf, home of the many outrigger boats going to the Island of Guimaras,  is as important as the aforementioned; and the last is the famed Muelle Loney wharf. These mentioned ports serves passenger and cargo vessel that plies within the ports near Iloilo City, some vessel plies far to Bacolod City, others to Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and Manila.

The last but certaily not the least is the Port of Dumangas, located in the town of Dumangas- approximately 29 kilometers east of the city, and is considered important part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).

ILOILO DOMESTIC PORT (formerly the old foreign pier)

Port of Iloilo Passenger Terminal

Port of Iloilo Passenger Terminal

The Iloilo Domestic Port or popularly known as ” Port San Pedro”, serves numerous inter-island passenger and cargo vessel which plies the routes between Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga, and Cagayan de Oro. It’s geographic location is in-between:

10° 49′ 56.7″ N Latitude, and 122° 29′ 35.2″ E Longitude

Port San Pedro is considered one of the safest harbors because of Guimaras Island, that perfectly covers, and protects the harbor from strong winds. Beside the Port of Iloilo is the Fort San Pedro, a historical landmark at the entrance of Iloilo Harbor built in 1616 to resist the invasion of pirates.

Port San Pedro is the port of call for several domestic shipping companies such as 2GO Travel, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, among others. The vernacular name “Fort San Pedro” refers to the old Spanish fort adjacent to the port premises that was destroyed during World War II. (3)

There are weekly RORO/Ferry boat trips to Iloilo City to and from South Harbor in Manila (18 hours sailing time),  Zamboanga City(14 hours sailing time), and Cebu City (12 hours sailing time).

2GO Travel

M/V St. Francis Xavier

2GO Travel

 Cokaliong Shipping Lines

 Trans-Asia Shipping Lines

Note: Click on the link provided for updated schedule and other relevant information.

LAPUZ DISTRICT

Iloilo City's newest ferry terminal

Iloilo City’s newest ferry terminal

Roll-on/Roll-off ferry services are catered here in Iloilo City RORO Terminal in Lapuz, across the famed Muelle Loney a few minutes by public transport. A plan by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), together with the local government to develop the site that was once used as shipyard at Barangay Progreso,  Lapuz. The said location will soon be transformed into a modern ferry terminal that will cater to fast crafts and passengers plying the Iloilo-Bacolod route and vice versa as well as roll on-roll off vessels.  (4)

There are three shipping companies’ serves here that ferries passenger and cargo to Guimaras Island, Cuyo Island and Puerto Princesa both in Palawan. This are;

Montenegro Shipping Lines

Iloilo to Cuyo-Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00 AM

Milagrosa Shipping Lines

Iloilo to Cuyo Island-Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Every Monday and Thursday at 7 pm

F.F. Cruz Shipping Corporation

Bgy. Lapuz Norte, La Paz, Iloilo City
(033) 3371046 / 3369329 / 3364195

Name of Vessel: M/V Felipe 

Daily Schedule:

To Jordan Port, San Jose (Brgy. Hoskyn)

Morning Departure – 7:30 and 9:30

Afternoon Departure – 2:00 and 4:00

To RORO Port in Lapuz, Iloilo City

Morning Departure – 8:30 and 10:30

Afternoon Departure – 3:00 and 5:30

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Archipelago Philippines Ferrries Corporation

Iloilo Departure: Every 8 AM and 2 pm

Bacolod (Banago Port) Departure: 11 AM and 5 PM

Fare (Economy): Php 200

Note: Schedules are subject to change, you may call the numbers provided above for more information.

MUELLE LONEY

It is the original Port in Iloilo City, similar to that of Muelle de la Industria (The old port during Spanish times) located at the bank of Pasig river in Manila. Muelle Loney is opened to international trade on 1855, it served as the trans-shipment docks for muscovado sugar in the late 19th to the first half of the 20th century. The river has undergone expansion and improvement several times for the past years, and this include dredging the river basin, to massive clean-up drive, and lately relocating the berthing of small craft, batels, fishing boat, coast guard patrol boats, and other boats that pestered the river ways away from the Aduana building.

Muelle Loney, located in the west side of Iloilo river was named after the Englishman Nicolas Loney, the “Father of the Sugar Industry”. Muelle Loney opened to foreign trade in 1855 that faved way to sugar boom in this province that once called the “Queen City of the South”. The Nicholas Loney monument was erected in his honor as he was  the “Paladin of Philippine Progress.” (5)

There are three shipping companies that operates high speed monohaul/catamaran vessel here, and each company has passenger terminal in Muelle Loney. Fast crafts from Bacolod City to Iloilo City vice versa takes around 60 minutes minimum, depending on a vessel and the weather.

Shipping Company that operates here are:

Supercat

Weesam Express

Oceanjet

Note: Click on the link provided for updated schedule and other relevant information.

ILOILO TO GUIMARAS WHARF (Banca wharf) 

Iloilo City is the gateway to the captivating island province of Guimaras, just 20-30 minutes away via outrigger motorboat from Parola and Ortiz Wharf.

Jetty ports for Guimaras bound passenger are located at Calle Ortiz, Iloilo City and BAMODA Terminal near Parola (a lighthouse near the opening or mouth of the river). The terminal at Calle Ortiz served Jordan Wharf (Brgy. Rizal)  bound passenger and cargoes. (6)

Banca Trips:

– Daily Trips from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
– Travel Time = 20 minutes minimum

From BAMODA (Buenavista Motorbanca Owners Association Inc.) just near Parola, Iloilo City to Mc Arthur’s wharf  (built by Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur in 1903 when he was the head of the company of the US Army Corps of Engineers)  located in Sto. Rosario, Buenavista vice versa:

Banca Trips:

– Daily Trips from 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
– Travel Time = 15-20 minutes

DUMANGAS RORO PORT

Dumangas (formerly called the town of Araut) is claimed to be the landing place of the Spaniards in Panay. Dumangas is located at the Southeastern part of Panay and lies at 122 degrees 42′ 34″ longitude, and 10 degrees 39′ 22″ latitude. Barotac Nuevo bounds it in the north, Guimaras Strait is in the southeast boundary of Dumangas, and at the west is the Municipalities of Pototan and Zarraga.  (7)

Dumangas is a coastal town about 29 kilometers away from Iloilo City and is accessible via public transportation such as Jeepney and L-300 vans stationed at Baldoza Terminal in La Paz (daily trips start at around 8 am until 5 in the afternoon).

The coastal road network from Dumangas Port to Iloilo City vice versa, which is still under construction will shortened the land travel in between these two ports.

Dumangas port is located in Sitio Nalu-oyan, in Barangay Sapao some four kilometers away from the town proper. A three-wheeled motorcycle can take you to the port for 25 Php, but beware because the road is unpaved all the way, making it dusty during summer and muddy during rainy season. The Port complex has a total land area of around 7.0 hectares. The construction of this port was made possible thru the development assistance made by the government of Japan at a cost of 60 Million pesos.

Dumangas to Bacolod route at present has four (4) shipping companies that operates RORO vessel, this are:

Millenium Shipping

Montenegro Shipping

Tristar-Megalink Corp.

Jomalia Shipping

Crossing the Iloilo Strait bound for Bredco Port in Bacolod City or vice versa takes approximately 2 hours at a cost of 60 Php per person per trip. For travelers, backpackers, and motorist who wish to leave for Dumangas or Bacolod, the vessel departure/arrival is almost every hour or two depending on passenger and rolling cargo traffic. The trip for both ways starts usually early in the  morning until late evening.

For updated RORO sched, please click on the link provided: 2015 RORO Schedules

Refferences (Please click on the link):

1. Socio-Economic Profile 2004 of Iloilo City, The City Government of Iloilo, 2004

2. Iloilo History

3. Port of Iloilo

4. Lapuz District

5. Muelle Loney Wharf

6. Iloilo to Guimaras

7. Dumangas