Basilan as an island province is linked by port facilities to mainland Minadanao and other facilities. The main port if the Isabela City (Figure A) and the second is in Lamitan (Figure C.) but the busiest which goes far beyond our borders are the Maluso Ports (Figure B).
FIGURE (A) ISABELA CITY PORT
FIGURE (B) MALUSO PORTS
- Shallow ports – this port is a doorway to other municipalities. Zamboanga City, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. This is the main port of “Basnig” (Fishing Boat Type Transport) travelling to other provinces.
- Deep sea port – this is the port of entry of the once flourishing logging industry in the island province. Today it serves as the loading and unloading facility of products coming in and out of Maluso. It can accommodate even the international sea going vessel.
- Fishing Port – Maluso is known as the fishing granary of Basilan. This port serve as link to Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao. Trucks from as far as Davao City are buying fish from this port. There are also fish buying stations in the area. The Ro-Ro port in Isabela City made it easy and fast in transporting fish outside of the province.
FIGURE C – LAMITAN PORT
Lamitan terminal under construction, and funded by the city government of Lamitan City, and other boat landing is funded by the USAid in coordination with the local government of basilan.