• New chief vows to cut red tape, rationalize PPA operations

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    As the Philippine Ports Authority marks its 42nd founding anniversary, its newly appointed chief embarks on agency-wide operational changes aimed at cutting bureaucratic red tape and maximizing public service.

    No more meetings during office hours. This is one marching order of newly appointed Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago to PPA officials, as he takes the helm of the agency tasked to oversee port operations all over the country.

    Santiago told all officials of the state-owned agency to refrain from holding meetings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., so as not to disrupt delivery of public service.

    “Meetings should not get in the way in the course of public service,” he said, as he set off to work as PPA chief beginning July 4, 2016. “(The PPA should) remain very transparent and accessible to the public in accordance with the new work culture being instilled by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.”

    Upon assuming his post, Santiago ordered a review of the PPA’s permits process and vowed to simplify permit applications with the agency to reduce red tape.

    He also called on private service providers in all PPA ports to “fix all defective facilities” to cut “unnecessary expense” that results in “higher ticket prices and logistics cost.”

    “We are trying to rationalize everything that will translate to the convenience of passengers, cargo owners, logistics service providers, and all PPA personnel,” Santiago explained.

    Santiago was formerly the general counsel of another government firm, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

    Before jumping into PPA, Santiago was senior managing partner at a law firm that specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly in the areas of banking and finance, securities regulation, telecommunications and new technologies, tax, immigration, and general business advisory.

    As former Pagcor lawyer, he has extensive knowledge in gaming laws and regulations, as well as government biddings and procurement.

    Santiago graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from the University of the Philippines, where he also obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree.

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