The direct sea route connecting Bohol and Manila is set to be relaunched this month after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Tagbilaran City completed preparations to accommodate one of 2Go Travel’s vessels, said an official.
According to PPA Tagbilaran manager Engr. James Gantalao, they have deepened the channel where the shipping firm’s vessel will traverse right before docking at the Tagbilaran pier.
The dredging was among the initial requests of the 2Go management in line with the planned resumption of operations in the city, said Gantalao.
The PPA is now awaiting the official announcement of 2Go on when the official relaunching will be held.
Management is expected to hasten the relaunching of the trips in a bid to meet the demand for travel accommodations during Bohol’s so-called “fiesta season” this May which is projected to boost passenger arrival in the province, Gantalao said.
The shipping firm announced that it is planning to offer two to three Manila-Tagbilaran-Manila trips a week, he added.
Earlier, the PPA welcomed 2GO’s new route noting that this will provide convenience and a cheaper option for the travelling public.
In current sea trips between Tagbilaran and Manila, passengers have to travel onboard buses and pass through other provinces before reaching the nation’s capital or Bohol. (A. Doydora)