Mindanao to Indonesia RORO vessel to start 2013

Anybody else as excited as I am? Trips from Mindanao to Indonesia aren’t exactly new (there are flights from Davao City to Manado, Indonesia) but I think this new service will be cheaper and more accessible to the public especially to traders. This RORO vessel from Mindanao to Indonesia will use the Davao to General Santos to Bitung route 🙂 Read on.

A Philippine roll-on, roll-off (RORO) vessel will start its service to Indonesia in the middle of the year, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said.

The project, a first between two members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is expected to improve trade, tourism and connectivity between the Philippines and Indonesia, PCCI said in a statement. This is also said to be the country’s first RORO service to an ASEAN country. RORO vessels are designed to carry cars, trucks and other wheeled vehicles that are driven on and off the ship.

PCCI, quoting from a study by Research Education and Institutional Development Foundation, noted exports of North Sulawesi, Indonesia to the Philippines in 2010 amounted to $6.84 million. Imports of Indonesia from the Philippines, meanwhile, summed up to $147.93 million in the same year.

The RORO service will utilize the Davao-GenSan to Bitung route and is foreseen to be in line with regional integration efforts under the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.

The project was pursued after a memorandum of cooperation between the Davao City and Manado (Indonesia) chambers of commerce and industry was signed during the Davao Investment Forum in November last year.


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Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at mindanaoan@gmail.com

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