The Batangas Passenger Terminal (BPT), the country’s biggest and most modern interisland travel hub operated by listed trade enabler Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), is more than willing and capable of supporting government’s programs to reinvigorate local tourism as the sector recovers from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
ATI reiterated BPT’s readiness in time for the expected influx of passengers with the All-Saints’ Day and All-Souls’ Day long weekend, noting that all systems are go under ‘Oplan Byaheng Ayos’ (hassle-free travel) in partnership with port authorities, local governments, and stakeholders.
President Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. in his weekly vlog recently encouraged Filipinos to explore, travel, and discover the beauty of the Philippines as Covid-19 pandemic restrictions further ease and in view of the upcoming holidays.
As government’s major partner in port modernization, ATI unveiled a bigger, better, and smarter BPT in June equipped with world-class facilities such as an expansive and fully-airconditioned passenger lounge, orderly ticketing offices, clean and gender-neutral restrooms, provisions for free wi-fi and clean drinking water, and mobility features for the elderly and differently-abled, among others. It also has huge overhead digital boards advising passengers on the schedule of departing vessels, their designated boarding gates, and other relevant announcements.
BPT directly connects mainland Luzon to famous island destinations such as Mindoro, Romblon, Masbate, Iloilo, Boracay, and Palawan, and other Visayas and Mindanao locations through fast-crafts and domestic roll-on/roll-off vessels calling the port.
Popular food outlets have also opened in BPT, including Seattle’s Best Coffee, Potato Corner, Mister Donut, Heaven’s Hamburger, Caramia Cakes & Gelato, Hongkong Style Noodles, apart from local delicacies and novelty shops for the ultimate passenger comfort and convenience.
BPT’s Phase 1 can comfortably accommodate around 3,500 passengers at any given time, with its capacity increasing to nearly 6,000 passengers upon completion of its Phase 2 by next year.