In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to provide better and affordable transportation options for residents of far flung areas, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) re-established the Manila – Davao sea route on October 27, 2018.
The inaugural trip was made by 2GO Group’s main vessel St. Michael the Archangel with the officials from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
In a statement, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea pointed out that as an archipelago, there is a need for the services of efficient sea vessels, as alternative way for those who need affordable means to travel within the country. The new route is also expected to have an effect of lowering the prices of goods transported between the two locations as freight containers are also given access points.
Aside from the route’s launch, PPA also opened a new passenger terminal building at the Davao Sasa Port on October 28.
The Manila-Davao route has been closed for 10 years.
A one-way ticket from Manila to Davao is priced at approximately P2,600.