By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod Real Estate Development Company (Bredco) inaugurated the Simplicio A. Palanca Seaport yesterday morning with Bredco President John Alonte calling the inauguration of the P400-million terminal “long overdue.”
“We encountered some minor glitches but we are 100 percent certain that this terminal can serve its purposes for Negros Occidental,” he affirmed.
The facility, which has been conducting dry-run operations since December, has a seating capacity of 2,500 and can accommodate for 4,000 passengers a day.
Alonte likened the new terminal to an airport, pointing out the entrance lobby and ticketing booth area.
Meanwhile, the waiting area is equipped with centralized air conditioning, along with food stalls.
In terms of security, there is a police assistance desk on premises, along with x-ray machines capable of detecting contraband or firearms hidden in bags.
Alonte said the company will next be conducting more land reclamation for their following project, and a terminal catering to roll-on/roll-off vessels. However, the Bredco official noted the reclamation project may take time as they are still pending approval from the National Economic and Development Authority and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“That reclamation [project] will open a lot of other opportunities,” he added./DGB, WDJ