Officials exploring GenSan, Davao sea link to Manado

Subscribe Now July 16, 2012 at 06:46am

The Philippines and Indonesia have started discussing the possibility of opening regular seaborne cargo services between Manado in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province and the cities of Davao and General Santos in Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said in a statement over the weekend. MinDA said Indonesian Consul General to Davao Eko Hartono and Philippine Consul General to Manado Jose D. Burgos met on this matter recently after the revival of commercial air services between Davao and Manado.

“It will complement the air linkage,” the statement quoted Mr. Hartono as saying.

Also present in the meeting was Shelley Sondakh, executive secretary of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area Secretariat.

Ms. Sondakh and Mr. Burgos were among those who joined the revived chartered flight along this route of Wings Abadi Airlines (Wings Air), a subsidiary of Indonesia-based Lion Air. Wings Air used to service the route in 2008 but stopped due to low passenger traffic.

Ms. Sondak said resumption of the flight “will greatly benefit our traders and businessmen who have major transactions in either Manado or Davao, and other nearby cities.”

MinDA Chairman Luwalhati R. Antonino said in the same statement that “connectivity initiatives like this truly present a cheaper and faster movement of goods and travelers.”

“We urge our local tourism and transport sectors to create enticing tour packages that will highlight the unique eco-tourism sites of each destination as one of the ways to sustain these routes” she added.


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