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The "seajeepney" used in the successful berthing trial.

Depending on the day of the week and occasion, travel time from Naga City to Cebu City can be as long as 3 hours or more. To put this in the right perspective, please understand that these places are only 24 kilometers apart. That means you’re vehicle can travel as slow as 8km per hour only. That’s way lower than the average human’s running speed of 24km per hour and just a little above our walking rate of 5-6km per hour. Might as well walk right?

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MyBoad CEBU Dr. Nelson Mejia after the MOA signing with the City of Naga, Cebu.

Of course when you do get lucky, an hour to isn’t at all impossible. Even less. But again, to avoid frowning faces or even cancelled meetings if you have to travel between these cities, best be prepared for the worst.

Thankfully, a brilliant young mind with a PHD in Maritime Affairs from the United States no less, has set his eyes in giving a lot of Cebuanos relief from what I call, sometimes “deadly” traffic conditions between these cities. How does 30 minutes travel time in a safe, and relaxing environment with 2 comfort rooms to boot sounds to you?

I’ve talked to Dr. Nelson Mejia, the CEO of MyBoat last week to bring you an exclusive update on what so many (including Cebuanos from other parts of the province as you can see on the comments section of our first feature of MyBoat) have been hoping to materialize sooner than later.

Where is MyBoat Now?
Just last June 6, 2019, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between MyBoat and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Naga City through the office of the Mayor has already been signed.

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MyBus CEO Dr. Nelson Mejia MyBoat MOA signing with the city of Naga, Cebu

A berthing (the process of parking a boat on its dock) trial had already been safely done as well on both ports where the first MyBoat is planned to initially dock – Naga Port and Pier 1 in Cebu City beside the Oceanjet spot.
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Pier 1 is where the first MyBoat will dock just beside Oceanjet.

In the future however, plans are in place to have MyBoat dock beside Malacañang sa Sugbo to complement the MyBus route to and from Parkmall that stops in the same area.

Future docking area for MyBoat.
Future docking area for MyBoat beside Malacañang sa Sugbo.
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Future docking area for MyBus.

Updated Details on Initial MyBoat Operations
MyBoat will start with 1 catamaran double hull boat that can ferry an estimated 1,000 Cebuanos daily.

Once the demand for it is proven, the company can then start rolling out more at a rate of about 1 boat per month up to 8 vessels for the Naga-Cebu route alone.

The initial fee for this seemingly heaven sent solution to our daily traffic woes is only PHP 60.00. That’s a steal if you ask me given current V-hire (where it feels like we’re inside a canned of sardines for at least an hour) rate is PHP 50.00.

For our local businessmen out there, I’m also  happy to say that if you feel like helping ease the lives of our fellow commuting Cebuanos by providing a better transportation alternative, MyBoat is also in the process of screening potential partners who share their mission. For those interested, you may get in touch with them through the following contact details
Email[email protected]
Landline #: (032) 324-0876
Mobile #: 09266600342

Ikaw? What do you think about this alternative so far? Would you like other routes as well to be serviced by MyBoat? Share your comments below so MyBoat can take note of them!

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