Thursday, 21 June 2018
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1HOR COMPLEX, Quezon City (DWDD) – “The entire family – including toddlers, elderly, persons with disability (PWDs) and even their cars – can now enjoy fast, safe and convenient sea travel.

Thanks to the efforts of then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary, now House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for bringing the nautical highway into fruition,” said Rep. Divina Grace Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur), Chairperson of the House Committee on the Welfare of Children. House Members who joined in the “First Nautical Highway, Roads and Ports Inspection,” were briefed by the officers of Starlite and FastCat vessels about its safety, security and efficiency features.

Speaker Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas also observed the loading of vehicles onboard–in compliance with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) as mandated by the International Maritime Organization. The nautical highway inter-connected Mindanao to Luzon and Visayas.

This translates to a bigger market for farm produce and fish catch, more mobility for labor force, and better prospects for the tourism industry.

The House members expressed appreciation to the House leadership for organizing the 10-day caravan (March 17 to 27, 2017) and hoped that similar activities will be conducted in the future to give them a better understanding of public infrastructure projects in relation to the proposed national government budget. CONGRESS / MCAG

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