April 3, 2014. Dubbed as Passenger Terminal 1, the building is CPA’s newest addition yet to its line of modern port facilities designed to provide passengers comfort and convenience in their travels to and from Cebu.
Its inauguration on April 3, 2014 saw the unveiling of the terminal building marker and the blessing of its facilities which are among the first of their kind in the history of seaport passenger terminals in the region, if not the country.
The event was attended by DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan, Jr., CPA general manager Edmund Tan, CPA deputy general manager Yusop Uckung, former CPA general manager Angelo Verdan, Phil. Coast Guard Commodore William Melad, former Cebu City 2nd district congressman Tomas Osmeña, MCIAA general manager Nigel Paul Villarete, LTFRB regional director Ahmed Cuizon, and LTO assistant regional director Alita Pulga.
The 2,688-square meter building is equipped with wi-fi internet connection,a spacious coffee shop at the mezzanine area and gender-sensitive facilities, namely a play zone for toddlers, a breastfeeding station for nursing mothers, a fully functional first-aid station and a meditation room for the religious.
It 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.
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 recognition of the importance of the tourism industry.
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