The Ubay seaport is only a few minutes ride away from the Poblacion. The town of Ubay is northeast of Tagbilaran City and about 123 kilometers away from the capital. Considered as the commercial center of northeastern Bohol, it is also the biggest of the 47 towns in terms of population and land area.
Ubay is a thriving port town and considered as Bohol’s principal gateway to Leyte, Samar; which is connected by barge to Matnog in Sorsogon and eventually on to Manila and vice versa. The following bus lines service the route from Manila to Bohol: Philtranco, Megastar, and Bolaños. Megastar and Philtranco have at least twice daily trips.
It is also the principal gateway to Mindano via Southern Leyte; by barge from Ubay to Southern Leyte then barge again to Surigao del Norte and then land trip to all points of Mindanao. Bachelor and Ceres bus lines services the route from any point in Mindanao to Bohol.
The Ubay port plays host to vessels from Cebu City, the hub of Central Visayas. Four vessels ply the route to Cebu daily and vice versa.
The total port area is 3,726 square meters. This refers to the causeway only which is 496.85m x 7.5m and directly connected to the main road. The turning basin, anchorage and fairway is the open sea. Berth is 81 meters; depth alongside or the draft is 2.5 meters. The port uses rubber fenders and mooring or fixtures are 4 bollards.
Cargo handling, checking, mooring and unmooring is being done by the Ubay Arrastre and Stevedoring Corporation (UBASCOR). Trucking and hauling by Ormoc Trucking while bunkering is being done by Pilipinas Shell and Antonio Ormoc Jr. Regular shipping lines are Ormoc Shipping Lines and J & N Shipping Lines; brokerage by LBC.
Out of 28 port projects under the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) program of the Philippine Government, under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 17 ports were identified as PRIORITY. The Ubay port is one of the 17 priority port projects and was allocated P44 M for the reclamation, widening of the causeway and construction of a roll on roll off ramp.
The port is more or less completed already. I did not find any construction debris when I was there last January 2008. It was wide and clean. Our vehicle was parked near the RORO ramp and I noticed the flooring to be paved (or looked like cement bricks laid side by side and which filled the whole area).
Standing at the pier and looking outwards towards the sea, on a clear sunny day, one will be rewarded with a scenic view of neighboring islands with the crystal blue sea as backdrop.
Land-trip tourists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao bound for Bohol is expected to increase dramatically. Tourism pursuits are expected to pick-up. Likewise, exchange of agricultural products between Bohol and other provinces of the Philippines will be facilitated and which is expected to boost up the local economies of the provinces concerned. With the completion of the Ubay port, travel time and cargo transportation costs will be reduced.
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