Davao/Gen San/Bitung, Indonesia Roro set to sail soon

MANILA(PNA) -- The Philippines and the Indonesia Inter-Agency Task Force for the Operationalization of the Davao/General Santos/Bitung (D/G/B) Roll-on/Roll-off (Roro) Route is now polishing the maiden voyage which will connect Davao and General Santos City to Bitung, Indonesia, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Maria Lumen B. Isleta and members of the D/G/B Roro Route said under the ASEAN Roro Initiative which is already in the pipeline aims to enhance maritime connectivity in ASEAN and to maximize the use of regional sea lanes.

The opening of the route is a more cost and time-efficient alternative to the usual Manila to Jakarta to Bitung route, which would take about three to five weeks of shipping time.

In contrast, direct shipping through the D/G/B route will take only one day and a half by ship, excluding the port stay.

The route is also expected to spur trade between Mindanao and the Sulawesi provinces in Indonesia and provide greater access for local businessmen to engage in international trade, as well as stimulate other areas of development such as joint tourism promotion, establishment of direct linkages, and increase in investment inflows. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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