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Featured Philippine Port: TMO Dumaguit

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NEW WASHINGTON, AKLAN

Located in the oldest province in the country, New Washington is one of the municipalities in the province of Aklan. Formerly called Fonda Lagatik, the name derived from Lagatik River a tributary stretching 9.6 kilometers in length. Established on the 15th of January 1904, it was later named after the first President of the United States of America George Washington, as a tribute by Aklanons to the Thomasites.

Located 20 minute leisure drive via mass transport from Kalibo, the town of New Washington is bounded by the municipalities of Banga and Balete in the west, to the south is Altavas and in the southeast is the municipality of Batan (home of Kalantiaw Shrine, it was erected  in memory of the third chief of Panay, Rajah Bendahara Kalantiaw, the promulgator of the so-called Code of Kalantiaw). (1)

Kalibo, the capital of Aklan, is 165 kilometers from the city of Iloilo and can be reached via 3 ½ hours bus ride (190 pesos for non-aircon). Travel time from North Harbor, Manila to the Port of Dumaguit takes around 16 hours.

 

POINT OF ENTRY: Dumaguit Port

Port Profiles: Dumaguit Port is situated inside a cove (rich of mangroves and fish pens) with narrow channel entrance distinguishable even at night by a two lighthouse; one at the boundary of Dumaguit in the north and the other is on the eastern boundary of Batan.

The inner basin on the other hand is fully protected from rough sea during bad weather and a good anchorage for small vessel looking for a shelter during storm. Ships with large draft are not suitable to drop anchor in the cove because of shallow bed and limited turning area.

The port has a terminal building that houses the port’s administration office and passenger boarding area. It also has small container yard near the building and a cargo handling equipment (a lone forklift truck). The entire port can operate at night with their three high mast lights installed inside the premises, and street lamps near the entrance/exit gate. Porters are also available to assist travelers to unload their cargoes from ships. Dumaguit-Batan boat terminal and passenger shed are few meters away from the port’s gate.

During 60’s and 70’s era at the height of the Ati-Atihan Festival (as the Philippine mardi gras is known) popularity, some foreign and local tourist flock Kalibo town using Dumaguit Port as entry point. Today, the said above Port is still preferred by backpackers and budget conscious traveler who want to see the beauty of the Ati-Atihan Festival which is held every third Sunday of January in Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo. The festival is preceded by several weeks of street dancing and merry-making to the tune of drums in honor of the Sto. Nino or the child Jesus.

Dumaguit Port was also once the gateway of the province of Aklan; that is before Caticlan has a RORO connection between Port of Roxas in Mindoro Occidental, and in Batangas Port via Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which was launched by the Administration of President Gloria Arroyo on April 12, 2003.

There are several vessel that serve between Port of Dumaguit and North harbor during 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s era. Vessel from Aboitiz Shipping company like M/V El Cano, M/V Legazpi and M/V our Lady of Medjugorje (WG&A, later changed to Aboitiz Transport System) among others also frequented here. (2)

Port of Dumaguit Shipping and Passenger Statistics for 1998 to 2002 (3)

Particulars

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

1. Shipcalls

61

457

441

257

446

2. Ave. GRT

5,886.07

5,758.96

5,562.05

6,313.76

5,900.06

       Domestic

5,886.07

5,758.96

5,562.05

6,313.76

5,900.06

       Foreign

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

 

3. Ave. Length (m.)

116.74

117.45

120.27

120.09

117.90

       Domestic

116.74

117.45

120.27

120.09

117.90

       Foreign

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

4. Pax Traffic

36,621

175,717

187,103

100,977

190,751

       Disembarked

22,824

94,019

94,807

54,329

96,108

       Embarked

13,797

81,698

92,296

46,648

94,643

 

On 25th of October 1999 the then former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada executed an order (E.O. Nos. 172) declaring and delineating the Dumaguit Port zone under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. Since then the PDO-Visayas/PMO Iloilo oversee the whole operation of the Port of Dumaguit. (4)

Port of Dumaguit is part of the nautical highway project covering the Batangas-Caticlan-Dumaguit and Iloilo, via western nautical corridor east coast‘s Ivatan-Capiz road. Launched by then President Arroyo to boost inter-island commerce, trade, domestic tourism, and agro-industrial investment opportunities, it is a highway through land and sea routes using the Roll-on-Roll-off (RORO) network of ferry terminals and vessels connecting the country’s major economic centers with 22 links involving 41 sea ports. (5)

On 2006 Asia Marine Shipping Lines announces the opening of Batangas-Odiongan, Romblon-Dumaguit route via Super Shuttle Roro 2, a 1769 GT vessel owned by the family of Paul Rodriguez. The said event was graced by the ex-President herself. (6)

 

HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION

Port Location:   Brgy. Dumaguit New Washington, Province of Aklan

Port Name:   TMO Dumaguit

Port Management:  PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO Iloilo

Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines

Phone:   (033) 337-69-45

Fax:  (033) 337-69-45

Email:   ppailo@philwebinc.com

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Latitude: 11° 35′ 22” N

Longitude: 122° 29′ 20″ E

Total land Area: 276,642.22 sq. meters

 

SHIPPING SCHEDULE TO/FROM DUMAGUIT

From North Harbor via M/V Love-1:   Sunday and Thursday at 2pm

From Batangas (via Odiongan):  Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 pm

To North Harbor via M/V Love-1:   Tuesday at 2pm and Friday at 5 pm

To Batangas (via Odiongan):  Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday at 12 pm

 

TRANSPORTATION FARE (2012)

From Manila vice versa: 999 pesos minimum (direct via M/V Love-1)

From Batangas vice versa: 750 pesos minimum (Super Shuttle Roro 2)

To Kalibo proper: 20 pesos (Jeep)

To Caticlan Jetty Port via Ceres Bus: 107 pesos (Air-con)

To Iloilo via Ceres Bus: 194 pesos (Non Air-con)

 

 

References:

 

  1. www.wikitravel.org/en/New_Washington
  2. www.asiatour.com
  3.  file:///I:/ILO-DUMAGUIT%20STAT.htm
  4. www.elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph
  5. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).
  6. www.batangas.com
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