Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Boy Ryan B. Zabal.
Published 4:27 PM, June 29, 2019.
Updated 4:30 PM, June 29, 2019.

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boracay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

WOODEN. File photo of a wooden-hauled boat going to Boracay. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

AKLAN, Philippines – The Caticlan-Boracay Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative (CBTMPC), which operates boats that transports people to the island resort, is preparing to implement the government’s ongoing Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.

The transport cooperative has at present 58 wooden-hauled boats and 11 fiber glass boats operating 24/7 for Caticlan-Boracay route or the Tabon-Boracay route.

Last June 21, the Department of Transportation (DoTr), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) together with the Office of Transport Cooperatives and Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted an orientation on the government-proposed boat modernization program in Malay, Aklan.

All boat owners have no choice but to accept the challenge to modernize their fleet of wooden-hauled boats. In its Circular No. 2016-02, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) urged all transport groups to phase out wooden-hauled vessels carrying passengers in domestic shipping.

Last February, the transport cooperative and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan proposed to Marina a five-year (2019-2023) gradual phase-out period to comply with the circular.

CBTMPC chairman Godofredo Sadiasa said their group also committed to Marina to modernize 25 fiber glass boats before their franchise expires on 2021.

Source: Rappler.