FastCat will start sailing in the seas between Caluya, Antique, Caticlan, Aklan, and Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro to provide access on the tourist spots in the islands on March 20.
The said vessel intends to ply the Caluya-Bulalacao route three times a week with a P350 fare to Caluya from Bulalacao on economy class and P425 for premium economy, and P500 for business class.
On the other hand, fare from Caluya to Caticlan rates P312 for economy, P408 for premium economy, and P480 for business class.
Provincial Information Officer Galileo Magbanua believed that Caluya white sand beaches show a lot of promise for tourism however, the island lacks of sea transport for those who wants to visit the place but with FastCat ferry, tourist those from Caticlan, would be encourage to take ferry to visit Caluya before they proceed to Bulalacao and vice versa.
“Many tourists would like to go to Caluya because it is also a beautiful place to visit” he said in an interview.
With the transaction to the provincial government of Antique, Caluya residents could take a bus to the provincial capital town of San Jose de Buenavista.
“As of the current, there is just once a day trip from Libertad Port to Caluya by a Passenger,” Magbanua added.
Furthermore, Christopher Pastrana, Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp.(APFC) president and chief executive officer said that the opening of the new route is anchored to what shipping company goal – to connect the island in the Philippines.
Pastrana also added that they decided to prioritize Antique upon a request of Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda.
“This is another effort to ease travel to and from Antique not only for our kasimanwas but also for tourists and investors. Like Philippine Airlines direct flights to Antique, the FastCat project will be spur local economy as it will boost trade and tourism,” Legarda said.
Executive Assistant III Lorreilei Geroche of Caluya once requested the FastCat to invest in Caluya Island for the said purpose and job opportunities for Caluyanhons.
It can be recalled that then Senator Legarda introduced the partnership with APFC for the FastCat trips in Caluya, Antique last April 2019.