The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is set to reduce the documentary requirements in some of its processes in its bid to ease the cost of doing business with the agency.
“Among the various co-existing port organizations in the country, the PPA has the largest number of port users,” said Juan Sta. Ana, general manager of PPA.
The move is in compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 as well the thrust of the Department of Justice in promoting competition in the port industry.
In the PPA Port Executive Conference held in Tagaytay City recently, the agency’s executives agreed to reduce the administrative compliance as well as the documentary requirements for applications for permit to operate ancillary services and permit to occupy; applications for clearance to develop private ports, permit to construct, certificate of registration, and permit to operate private ports including renewal processes; entrance/clearance of vessels; entry/withdrawal of cargo from government ports; and access regulation for trucks, port users and pedestrians.
The PPA officials also agreed to rationalize the documentary requirements from an average of eight documents to only two documents, significantly trimming down processing time and cost.
Rosalie C. Periabras