November 21, 2013. The soft launch of the Pier 1 passenger terminal operations today treated port users to a refreshing take of what a modern seaport facility should be.
Dubbed as Passenger Terminal 1, the building is CPA’s newest addition yet to its line of world-class port facilities designed to provide outbound passengers in particular and the port users in general comfort and convenience in their travels to and from Cebu.
With a ground floor area of 2,688 square meters, the terminal building houses a fully air-conditioned pre-departure area lined with rows of four-seater gang chairs for outbound passengers traveling to the neighboring ports in Calbayog, Dapitan, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Tubigon, Getafe, Bacolod, Larena, Maasin, Osamis, Palompon and Surigao.
It boasts of a spacious lobby that houses the Pier 1 Management Office and a send-off area where outbound passengers can collect their terminal fee tickets from a designated booth and buy last-minute food and hygienic needs from a canteen before proceeding to the pre-departure area.
Terminal 1 is also equipped with wi-fi internet connection and gender-sensitive facilities that are among the first of their kind in the history of seaport passenger terminals in the region, if not the country.
Most notably, the pre-departure area is provided with a play zone for toddlers, a breastfeeding station for nursing mothers, a fully functional first-aid station and a meditation room for the religious.
Soon-to-open concessionaire booths, food stands and a cafeteria will be catering to the needs of the passengers in the next few days at the pre-departure area while they wait for the boarding time of their vessels.
Terminal 1 was originally built in the 1930s. Originally designed as a cargo transit shed, it was later utilized as a passenger terminal in 2002 as passenger traffic steadily increased particularly between Cebu and Bohol brought about by the introduction of fastcraft services.
The 2013 renovation of the terminal building and rehabilitation works of its underdeck structure is CPA's answer to the public's clamor for better port facilities and public service, and in recognizance of the importance of the tourism industry.
The grand opening and inauguration of Terminal 1 is slated to happen in early December of this year where Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Sec. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and Cebu Governor Hilario “Jun” Davide III will be invited to grace the ribbon-cutting ceremony.