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.
(Photo courtesy of Richard Batiquin)
RELIEF GOODS are exempted from payment of port charges.
To encourage, facilitate and fast-track the delivery of immediate aid to calamity-stricken areas in the country, the Cebu Port Authority has waived the collection of port charges from shipments of relief goods.
During its regular board meeting on November 12, 2013, the Cebu Port Commission approved CPA Board Resolution No. 238-2013 exempting from port charges donations of food, medicines, canned goods, drinking water, used clothing, tents, blankets, oil stoves and other items of daily use intended for calamity victims beginning October 15, 2013.
The resolution came at the heel of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook the province of Bohol and its neighboring provinces on October 15, 2013 and more recently, the super typhoon, Yolanda (Haiyan), on November 8, 2013 that brought massive destruction and loss of lives in the islands of Samar and Leyte including northern Cebu.
To prove that the said shipments are intended for relief aid, the goods' destination must be to a province where a barangay, sitio, municipality or city is suffering from an actual and recent emergency or disaster caused by fire, flood, typhoon, earthquake, epidemic or other calamity.
The shipper need only to present sufficient proof to the satisfaction of the CPA Port Management Office (PMO) that such will be given to the calamity-stricken area.
The same resolution likewise authorizes the refund of port charges that were paid for relief goods beginning October 15, 2013, subject to the presentation of the same requirements.
The same action was also taken by CPA in response to past calamities that behooved affected provinces in the nation.
CPA has decided to forego its Christmas Party to use the fund to buy water, bread, biscuits and canned goods. Employees will be conducting relief operations at the Port of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu. We welcome individual contributions of used clothing and additional relief goods.
You may drop them off at the CPA Main Bldg. on or before Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. For used clothing, please label your packages with the GENDER and AGE of intended recipients. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.