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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/12 September 2009 by BP Garcia–The Negros Navigation has introduced a new promo scheme as the shipping firm re-opened Saturday the Zamboanga route.
The promo is known as the “seamless” travel or service wherein Negros Navigation passengers from neighboring provinces are given free fare to Zamboanga City.
Negros Navigation Executive Vice-President for sale and marketing Jose Manuel Mapa said they have tied up with the biggest bus company in the region as well as ferries servicing the island provinces for seamless travel they are offering to the passengers bound for Bacolod, Iloilo and Manila.
Mapa said it will be the Negros Navigation that will shoulder the passengers’ fare from the provinces in the region in going to Zamboanga port to board the ship under the seamless promo.
Mapa said all the passengers have to do is to show the Negros Navigation ticket they bought in the province’s ticket outlet and the bus or ferry voucher issued to them and “their fare will be free in going to Zamboanga City.”
“We would like to make it convenient to the people from the provinces,” he added.
The Negros Navigation has assigned the 6,090-gross tonnage vessel as the shipping firm has resumed servicing the Zamboanga-Manila route via Bacolod and Iloilo Cities and vice-versa.
The M/S Saint Peter the Apostle departed from this southern port city around 9 p.m. Saturday for its maiden voyage en route to Manila carrying passengers and cargos.
Mapa said they decided to re-open the Zamboanga route since they have seen a lot of business and passengers potentials here and in nearby provinces of the region.
“It’s a growing economy. We would like to be part and of service to the people (in the region),” Mapa said.
The M/S Saint Peter the Apostle that has 160 crew members is skippered by Captain Oscar Jadoc, who has been with the Negros Navigation for the past 30 years.
The first time Negros Navigation has served the Zamboanga route was five years ago.
Mapa disclosed they stopped servicing the Zamboanga route since the company sold the vessel plying to this southern port.
It was sold as the vessel was not no longer fuel efficient the reason why they stopped sailing from and to the city of Zamboanga. (BP Garcia, The PhilSouth Angle)
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