DOTC, Coast Guard to construct 33 new lighthouses in various parts of the country

An August 15, 2012, press release from the Department of Transportation and Communications

P97.65M procurement to enhance sea navigation safety

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Philippine Coast Guard  (PCG) are set to construct 33 new lighthouses in various shores in the country, worth P97.65 million, which would aid vessels, especially fishing boats, navigate the seas safely.

In an Invitation to Bid to be published on Thursday, DOTC and PCG said once completed, the lighthouses will “serve as additional guide and reference to fishing boats, domestic vessels and even international vessels transiting Philippine waters.”

The DOTC said the procurement is in line with the government’s commitment to provide convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient, and safe maritime transport.

There are three kinds of lighthouses to be built: An 18-meter concrete, a 12-meter concrete, and a 10-meter pole beam type of lighthouses.

The procurement is divided to seven components. First component is the lighthouse to be constructed in Buguey Point, Centro Buguey in Cagayan.

The second bid component entails construction of five lighthouses in Taritik Point, Dilasag; Casiguran; Decasalarin, Baler; and Agrea Point, Dingalan all in Aurora, as well as in Barangay Bote in Bato, Catanduanes.

The third component includes new lighthouses in Wawa, Abucay and Sisiman Cove, Mariveles in Bataan; Lamao Port, Limay in Bataan; Binuangan River, Obando in Bulacan; Talisay Port, Talisay in Batangas; and Pokem Bato, Morong in Rizal.

New lighthouses in Linapacan Port, Apao Port, Tubattaha Island, and Cagayancillo in Palawan make up the fourth component. Fifth set of lighthouses will be put up in Mapid, Lagonoy and Sitio Pasawangon, Gogon in Camarines Sur.

The sixth set of lighthouses include those in Cabantian Point, Guindulman in Bohol; Tongo Point in Siqujor; Biri Island, San Policarpio, Lawaan, Mina-anod Island, Anahao Island, Hilabaan Island, Guiuan, and Sulat in Eastern Samar; and in the North and South entrances of the San Juanico Strait in Leyte.

The seventh component for bidding includes Penaplata, Davao; Turtle Island, Surigao del Sur; Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte; and Sta Monica Port, Siargao.

Just last week, the DOTC also started the bidding process to modernize a total of 143 light stations in different parts of the country, worth P246 million.

On top of the purchase list are the 55 primary LED lanterns, 84 secondary LED lanterns, five units of tertiary LED lanterns, and 120 units of mono crystalline solar panel.

Even with the popularity of new navigation systems, lighthouses are still being used and upgraded worldwide. In the event that an electronic navigation system fails, a lighthouse can save lives by alerting seafarers and fisherfolks of rocks, shoals, and other dangers.

Lighthouses are used for warning ships at night or in heavy fog that they are nearing land, preventing ships not to wreck or get grounded in shallow waters. Pilots of small aircraft also use lighthouses as a key landmark or frame of reference when they do not use electronic guidance systems.