DA to modernize 20-year old GenSan port
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to upgrade this city’s fish port complex to make it at par with other international fish ports.
Engr. Ginalyn Cachuela, manager of the Socsksargen Area Development Project Office (ADPO), said Monday the DA central office has approved a P9 million feasibility study for the modernization of the General Santos City Fish Port Complex (GSFPC) in Barangay Tambler here.
She said DA’s Philippine Fisheries and Development Authority (PFDA), which operates the GSFPC, prepared the terms of reference for the study.
“The fish port is nearly two decades old so there is really a need to improve its facilities,” Cachuela said.
The official said they expect to start othe six-month study by January next year.
The city government and local tuna industry stakeholders had been pushing for the rehabilitation and modernization of the city fish port complex.
Cachuela said industry players noted that although considered as the country’s most modern, the city fish port is “not yet at par” with those of the neighboring countries.
She said their office has been regularly engaging with tuna industry players to address concerns and recommendations regarding the fish port’s operations.
Soccsksargen ADPO, a special project unit of the DA, mainly coordinates
GSFPC, which is one of the biggest fish ports in the country, started operating in 1999 and has since become a major fish landing and trading hub in southern and central Mindanao.
The national government completed its initial expansion in 2008 which included the construction of processing and refrigeration facilities, as well as a deep-water docking facility to facilitate the accommodation of large fishing vessels.
The expansion, which was supervised by the China National Construction and Agricultural Machinery Export/Import Corp., was funded through a USD $26 million loan with the Chinese government. (PNA)