Ilocos gets ready to welcome cruise ships to improved Salomague port

Ilocos Salomague port cruise ships
Salomague port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur gives tourists access to world-renowned historic sites and famous beaches. DoTr photo.

Ilocos in Northern Philippines is ready to welcome cruise ships with the recent improvements to Salomague port in Cabugao.

The expanded and improved seaport of Salomague in Ilocos Sur is expected to benefit the entire province and nearby Ilocos Norte with its capacity to accommodate cruise ships and more fishing vessels.

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Strategically located near the historical sites and beaches of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, the Salomague Port is eyed to be one of the country’s ports of call for cruise ships and is expected to increase cruise calls to the country with its proximity to the ports of Hong Kong and South China.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) led the inauguration of the Salomague port on July 8, 2021. Among the port’s improved facilities which were completed in April 2021 by the DOTr and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) are the construction of the reinforced concrete (RC) Platform Back-up Area and the RC Pier Extension from 120 meters to 543 meters. Prior to its improvement and expansion, the Salomague Port was in an unkempt and poorly maintained state.

The port’s improved facilities include the reinforced concrete (RC) Platform Back-up Area and the RC Pier Extension from 120 meters to 543 meters.

DOTr Secretary Art Tugade said that the improved Port of Salomague will help the Ilocos Region reap employment and other economic benefits from tourism once the country eases into the “new normal” and travel restrictions are relaxed.

Ilocos Sur is home to the historic Spanish period town of Vigan, one of Asia’s most picturesque towns and a world-famous travel destination while Ilocos Norte is famous for its beaches like Saud Beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

SEND CHEERS to the people of Ilocos as it gets ready for tourists from cruise ships at Cabugao’s improved Salomague port.

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