EARNING close to P200 million in revenues, the Caticlan Jetty Port and Passenger Terminal is fast becoming a major financial bloodline
for the province of Aklan.
But the Commission on Audit (COA) wants operators of the jetty port to upgrade its lagging manual of operations side by side its modernization plans.
The COA lauded the performance of the seaport-servicing tourists between mainland Aklan to Boracay Island, a famed tourist destination because of its powder-white sand beaches.
In 2012, the jetty port terminal shored up P197.52 million, 66-percent more than revenues in 2011 of P118.4 million.
The Caticlan terminal amassed P84.66 million in 2012 alone; the Cagban terminal collected P66.6 million; the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) roll-on, roll-off terminal raised P23.86 million; while the PPA operations mustered P22.38 million.
The audit team praised this “achievement” as it reduces Aklan’s dependence on the Internal Revenue Allotment, which is a desirable financial condition.”
In fact, the province has been modernizing by installing turnstile machines, automatic entry card for visitors, baggage x-ray and scanning machine, closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitors.
It also improved facilities like constructing a holding area, renovating existing facilities and the ongoing expansion or reclamation area.
“These developments and the influx of tourists and visitors, increased flights, night schedule flights, rentals of business spaces and demand for better services require the update of existing policies and procedures of the [seaport],” the audit reported.
All seemed perfect until the audit team reviewed the existing policies and procedures of the terminal, including the Citizen’s Charter Act and Administrative Code.
The two were found “no longer adequate to cope with the present modernization programs and multi-business operations.”
“Other necessary control measures in the total management of the enterprise are not provided. There is an absence of a manual of operation as guide for proper management,” COA said.
The present set-up hampers the smooth operation and added productivity of the port, the COA said.
The COA told port officials that with the improvement of modern facilities and expansion of services, there is also a need to improve existing procedures and properly regulate the management and operation of the seaport.
“The management should create a team to update the existing policies and procedures and come up with the Manual of Operation of the enterprise,” auditors said.
In response, port officials said that they already updated their manual of operations in line with the updated Revenue Code of Aklan.