Featured Philippine Ports: DUMAGUIT PORT


Dumaguit, New Washington

Port of Dumaguit

NEW WASHINGTON, AKLAN

Located in the oldest province in the country, New Washington is one of the municipalities in the Province of Aklan. Formerly called Fonda Lagatik, the name derived from Lagatik river, a tributary stretching more than nine kilometers in length. Established on 15th of January 1904 and was named after President George Washington, the first President of the United States of America as a tribute by Aklanons to the Thomasites.

A mere 20 minutes leisure drive via mass transport from Kalibo City, the town of New Washington is bounded by the Municipalities of Banga and Balete on the west, to the south is Altavas, and in southeast is the Municipality of Batan. The town of Batan by the way is the home of Kalantiaw Shrine  erected  in memory of the third chief of Panay-Rajah Bendahara Kalantiaw the promulgator of the so-called Code of Kalantiaw. (1)

The City of Kalibo the capital of Aklan, is 165 kilometers from the City of Iloilo and can be reached via 3 1/2  hours Ceres transport bus ride (190 pesos for non-aircon). Travel time from Manila North Harbor  to Port of Dumaguit takes around 16 hours.

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Dumaguit

Dumaguit-Batan Ferry Terminal

Dumaguit-Batan Ferry Terminal

Dumaguit Port is situated along a cove rich in mangroves and fish pens. The entrance channel is distinguishable at night by a two lighthouses, one is at the boundary of Dumaguit in the north and the other is on the eastern boundary of Batan.

The inner basin along Dumaguit-Batan coast are fully protected from rough sea during bad weather, and is considered a natural anchorage for small vessel looking for a shelter during storm. Ships with larger draft are not suitable to drop anchor in the cove because of shallow bed and limited turning area. The Port has a terminal building that houses the Port’s administration office and Passenger boarding facilities. It also has small container yard near the building, and a cargo handling equipment (a lone forklift truck). The entire port can operate at night with their three high mast lights installed inside the premises, and street lamps near the entrance/exit gate. Porters are also available to assist travelers to unload their cargoes from ships. Dumaguit-Batan boat terminal and passenger shed are few meters away from the port’s gate.

During 60’s and 70’s era,  at the height of the Ati-Atihan Festival popularity (as the Philippine Mardi Gras is known) popularity, some foreign and local tourist flock Kalibo town using Dumaguit Port as entry point. Today, the said above port are still preferred by backpackers, and budget conscious travelers who want to see the beauty of the Ati-Atihan Festival which is held every third Sunday of January in Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo. The festival is preceded by several weeks of street dancing and merry-making to the tune of drums in honor of the Sto. Nino or the child Jesus.

Dumaguit Port was once the gateway of the Province of Aklan; that is before Caticlan got its  ro-ro connection between Port of Roxas in Mindoro Occidental, and in Batangas Port via Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which were launched by previous administration on April 12, 2003.

There are several vessels that previously serve between Port of Dumaguit and Manila North Harbor during 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s era. Vessels from Aboitiz Shipping’s M/V El Cano, and M/V Legazpi,  W G & A’s  M/V our Lady of Medjugorje are among the vessels that frequented here. (2)

Shipping and Passenger Statistics for 1998 to 2002 

Particulars

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

 SHIPCALLS

61

457

441

257

446

 Ave. GRT

5,886.07

5,758.96

5,562.05

6,313.76

5,900.06

       Domestic

5,886.07

5,758.96

5,562.05

6,313.76

5,900.06

       Foreign

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

 Ave. Length (meters.)

116.74

117.45

120.27

120.09

117.90

       Domestic

116.74

117.45

120.27

120.09

117.90

       Foreign

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

 Pax Traffic

36,621

175,717

187,103

100,977

190,751

       Disembarked

22,824

94,019

94,807

54,329

96,108

       Embarked

13,797

81,698

92,296

46,648

94,643

On 25th of October 1999, the then former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada executed an Order (E.O. Nos. 172) declaring and delineating the Dumaguit Port zone under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. Since then the PDO-Visayas/PMO Iloilo oversee the whole operation of the Port of Dumaguit. (4)

Port of Dumaguit is part of the Nautical highway Project covering the Batangas-Caticlan-Dumaguit and Iloilo route, using western nautical corridor’s east coast of Ivatan-Capiz road. The said project was launched by previous administration to boost inter-island Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Agro-industrial investment opportunities through the use of  land and sea- transports links; taking advantage of the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) network of ferries, and newly constructed/renovated ports totaling 41 sea-ports in a 22 different links. (5)

In 2006, Asia Marine Shipping Lines announces the opening of Batangas-Odiongan, Romblon-Dumaguit route via Super Shuttle Roro 2, a 1769 GT vessel owned by the family of Paul Rodriguez. The said event was graced by the former President herself. (6)

HARBOR FACTS & INFORMATION

Port Location:   Brgy. Dumaguit New Washington, Province of Aklan

Port Name:   TMO Dumaguit

Port Management:  PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO Iloilo

Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines

Phone:   (033) 337-69-45

Fax:  (033) 337-69-45

Email:   ppailo@philwebinc.com

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Latitude: 11° 35′ 22” N

Longitude: 122° 29′ 20″ E

Total land Area: 276,642.22 sq. meters

SHIPPING SCHEDULE TO/FROM DUMAGUIT

From Batangas (via Odiongan):  Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 pm

To Batangas (via Odiongan):  Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday at 12 pm

TRANSPORTATION FARE 

From Batangas vice versa: 750 pesos minimum (Super Shuttle Roro 2)

To Kalibo proper: 20 pesos (Jeep)

To Caticlan Jetty Port via Ceres Bus: 107 pesos (Air-con)

To Iloilo via Ceres Bus: 194 pesos (Non Air-con)

Note: Be advised that the above shipping schedules are no longer in effect, as changes in vessel and shipping operation have seized.


References:

  1. www.wikitravel.org/en/New_Washington
  2. www.asiatour.com
  3.  file:///I:/ILO-DUMAGUIT%20STAT.htm
  4. www.elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph
  5. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).
  6. www.batangas.com
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