Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel revealed yesterday that the Philippine Government will spend Php 450 million in 2017 for the construction of a new seaport at Barangay Pag-asa in Kalayaan Group of Islands following the better relationship with China under the Duterte Administration.

He added that the funding for this project is included under the Php 3.98 billion budget of the Department of Transportation from the house-approved 2017 General Appropriations Act. The new port will enhance the accessibility at the area and will strengthen our country’s affirm at the West Philippine Sea.

Government Plans to Build a Spratly Seaport
The entire Spratly Island is claimed by China that led our country to file a case until the permanent court of arbitration in The Hague favored the Philippines emphasizing that China has no legal basis to assert their rights over the area. The rifts between the 2 countries worsen after the result until President Duterte started pivoting at the sovereign state in Asia.

The co-member of the House Committee on National Defense and Security also said that they are supporting the port development project because it will uplift human settlement at the remote island that has 400 residents who are mostly fishermen. He then suggested that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute must consider providing a research station in pag-asa. Pimentel also called out the Department of Energy to find ways to supply a 37.2 hectare island with a sustainable and secure source of electricity.

Filipino netizens showed interest upon these news and most of them were saying that it will be a test if China is really sincere in conniving with the country. One of them is nemesio stating that the port is the best venue to develop trade between the 2 countries for mutual interest. On the other hand, crazyman said that it will be interesting that our government has the guts to go ahead with this.

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