LEGAZPI CITY – This Bicol regional center will shortly have another world-class travel facility that could be considered as a mega tourism showcase.
The facility will be a terminal that will cater to international cruise ships. It will opffer passengers a full l view of the majestic Mayon Volcano once the ships dock at the Albay Gulf.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bicol said construction of the project will start as soon as the national government transfers an initial amount of P150 million to it.
“We are just waiting for the submission of certain documents by the Sunwest Construction Development Corporation, after which the DPWH will issue a notice to proceed (NTP) to start the construction of the project,” said DPWH-Bicol regional director Virgilio Eduarte.
Eduarte said the cruise terminal project will be built along the Legazpi City boulevard and will be is adjacent to the newly-constructed Sawangan Park that now draws hundreds of visitors daily.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal told media in a recent interview the project materialized after the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) approved the proposal for it by the city government.
“Its construction works would shortly commence, since the bidding for it has already been completed,” Rosal said. TIEZA provides support to the project as the infrastructure arm of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT).
When completed, the project will make Legazpi as the second city, after Tagbilaran City in Bohol, to have an international passenger cruise ship terminal.
Rosal said the cruise ship terminal, will tremendously uplift the tourism industry in this city and further boost tourist arrivals from different parts of the world.
The cruise ship terminal is expected to attract even more tourists because of its strategic location, as it lies between the serene Albay Gulf with a four-kilometer boulevard stretch and the majestic and panoramic, cone-shaped Mayon Volcano just nearby.
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