TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) –- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) here has reported a positive slippage of some 24.8 percent in the ongoing improvement and rehabilitation of the Tacloban Port.

The physical accomplishment of the ongoing rehabilitation that costs some Php235.5 million was at 70.35 percent as of August 25, according to port manager, Engineer Dominador D. Licayan.

He added they are optimistic that the repair will be completed ahead of the June 19, 2015 target as they urged the contractor, Marra Builders Inc., to fast track the project implementation.

Mobilization for the project started in February 25 this year.

“Hopefully by yearend, this will be completed,” he said.

The Phase 2 of the improvement and rehabilitation project covers the extension of the port to have some 5,000 square meters back up area, leveling of up to three meters and additional one roll on-roll off berthing area.

Licayan said that once completed “the port will be of international standards already and can cater to heavy loads” equivalent to 5,000 pounds per square foot or more than five metric tons.

Tacloban Port used to cater only to vessels with 2.5 to three-ton load capacity.

He added that since January to August this year PPA was able to accommodate 380 domestic and six foreign vessels.

The total cargo for domestic, he said, was 379 metric tons and 15,115 metric tons.

Foreign cargoes were relief intended for victims of super typhoon Yolanda, thus PPA was not able to collect some Php5.3 million worth of revenue. (PNA)