Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has revealed that the port in Pag-asa Island, the local government seat of Municipality of Kalayaan, in West Philippine Sea is ready for turn over.
“Sabihin ko na rin ho, Mr. President, sa maritime. Nakatapos na ho kami at ni-report namin sa IATF kahapon ito na natapos na kami ng puerto at gusto nilang inaugurate-in pa. Sabi ko wala nang inaugurate-inaugurate, operate-in mo na lang. Mahigit 10 na ho ‘yan,” Secretary Tugade said during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020.
Included in these ten ports is the port in Pag-asa Island. Moreover, a turn over is expected on Independence Day, June 12.
“Kasama ho diyan ‘yung pagtatapos nung puerto sa Pag-asa. Handa na hong mag-turnover ‘yung Provincial Government of Palawan na iturnover sa amin ‘yon sa June 12,” Tugade added. “Sabi ko kung maaari accept-in ko na lang sa papel ‘yan. Huwag na tayo mag-inaugurate. Umpisahan na lang natin.”
On May 13, BRP Ivatan (AT-298), a former Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft of the Royal Australian Navy, made a historic docking at Pag-asa Island.