Gov’t assures no security, piracy concerns in Davao-GenSan-Bitung RoRo line

MANILA(PNA) -- Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro assured Friday that there will be no maritime security and piracy concerns during the opening of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll-on roll-off (RoRo) ferry service on Sunday.

At the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings Friday, Montenegro said both the Philippines and Indonesia activated patrol mechanisms within the two countries' borders.

For the Davao-GenSan-Bitung, we are not seeing any issue ever since on security or piracy ever emerging out of this Celebes sea route, the official said in a briefing.

Part of the mechanisms that were activated was the role of the Philippines and Indonesia in border patrol mechanism, where there's a need to ensure that security concerns are well covered within this route, Montenegro added.

On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo will launch this first RoRo ferry service linking Davao and Bitung.

This transport connectivity is an initiative of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines�East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) aims to cut sailing time and trade cost between these parts of the two countries.

With Philippine-based Asian Marine Transport Corp. servicing the new route, this aims to shorten sailing time to one and a half day and reduce cost by USD1,500 (Php 74,000) per 100-twenty foot equivalent unit

Source: Philippine News Agency