THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) awarded port projects in the Visayas this month, including the construction of the port operations area of the Port of Getafe in Bohol.

The agency issued on Jan. 17 the notice of award for the construction of the port operations area, with continuous roll-on/roll-off ramp and fast craft berth at Getafe, according to copy of the award document released by the PPA.

The P458.99-million project was awarded to Ormoc-based construction company MAC Builders.

On Jan. 19, the agency issued a notice of award for the construction and offshore installation of aids to marine navigation at the ports of Borongan, Guiuan, Manguino-o, Catbalogan, San Isidro, Calbayog and San Jose, on Samar Island, and Liloan, Southern Leyte.

The P525.86-million project was awarded to Jarzoe Builders, Inc., which is based in Tanza, Cavite.

The Transportation department and the PPA have said that as of Dec. 2, they had completed 484 seaport projects nationwide, with another 100 projects in the works.

“Projects in the pipeline, which will commence before the term of the President ends, include the further expansion of the Abra de Ilog and Balatero ports in Mindoro as well as the Culasi port in Capiz and Jagna port in Bohol,” the PPA said in a statement.

It also noted that several proposals for Mindanao were under review “but expected to be posted for bidding the soonest time possible.”

The agency also awarded several projects in December, including the expansion of Puerto Galera Port in Oriental Mindoro and the construction of an operations area at the Port of Calatagan in Batangas.

The Puerto Galera Port Expansion Project was awarded to Great Swiss Metal Builders Corp. on Dec. 6. The project cost is P147.62 million.

The construction of the port operations area at the Port of Calatagan was awarded to J. C. Piñon Construction, Inc. on Dec. 14. The project cost is P102.87 million.

The agency also awarded on Dec. 6 the P241.69-million civil works contract for the Port of Marawi in Lanao del Sur to Mamsar Const. & Industrial Corp. On the same day, MRBII Construction Corp. was awarded the P164.8-million Ambulong Port Expansion Project in Magdiwang, Romblon.

Mamsar was also awarded the contract to construct the wharf and port operations area, featuring a roll-on, roll-off ramp, at the Port of Catagbacan in Loon, Bohol. The project cost is P666.99 million. — Arjay L. Balinbin