President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attended the inauguration of the newly-completed Port of San Juan. The said port and road was built in order to provide a better transport facilities and livelihood services for the people and Southern Tagalog through the Roll-On, Roll-Off Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).
According to reports, San Juan Mayor Danilo Mindanao said that the opening and development of the Port of San Juan in Barangay Subukin, just 10 minutes drive from the popular Laiya Beach Resorts here, is expected to increase the levels of living of the residents and will make Laiya as an alternative tourist destination.
“The development of the Port of San Juan is a testament to the successful efforts of the national government to provide better transport facilities and services to my constituents. The Port is envisioned to realize the gains of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway,” Hon. Mayor Mindanao stated.
The port will play a very vital role to the economic progress of San Juan because it will boost the trading partnership of San Juan town with Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro and Masbate through the use of ro-ro vessels. Also, the Laiya road project will certainly help San Juan tourism for it will attract more tourists to come and have fun at the nearest white beaches from Manila, which can be found only in Laiya.
On hand who assisted the President in the inaugural drive-thru and unveiling rites were: Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, 1st District Rep. Eileen Ermita-Bonoan, 4th District Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, 3rd District Rep. Victoria Reyes, 2nd District Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, Mayor Mindanao and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Oscar Sevilla, and among others.
Completed in 2006 with a total project cost of P43,642,242.38, the port covers the construction of rock causeway (9.0m x 378m), Ro-Ro ramp (11m x 9m), access trestle (42m x 9m), breasting dolphin or docking protectors (2 sets), mooring and fendering system, and port lighting system. (Official Website of the Republic of the Philippines)
Being an integral part of the Batangas City-Lucena City Coastal Road, the improvement of San Juan Laiya Road is aimed to promote the Batangas-Quezon Eco-Tourism destination.
Meanwhile, one of the important sections of the San Juan-Laiya Road is the Aplaya Section, where famous and beautiful beach resorts of international standards are located, such as the Aquatico Resort, Kabayan Resort, Blue Coral Resort, Palm Beach Resort, Sea Escape Resort, Sabangan Resort, Virgin Beach Resort, Porto Laiya Beach Resort.
And to further promote the beach resorts in Batangas, the country’s top land developers like Landco Pacific and Active Group, are putting up residential-resorts community, golf courses and hotels.
Started on March 2008 and completed on Sept. 2008 at a total cost of P60 million, the Laiya Aplaya Road Section features a two-lane carriageway with drainage and shoulders on both sides, with a length of 3.50 km
Lastly, aside from the inauguration of the Port of San Juan, PGMA also led the ceremonial drive-thru of San Juan Laiya Road project that would further enhance the booming tourism industry in Batangas.