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PPA pushes for uniform terminal system


The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is looking a uniform terminal management system and simplification of tariff in PPA -managed ports.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said they are now doing the terminal management framework, as majority of the ports were on holdover capacity.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago

“We will implement the terminal leasing and the terms will be uniformed across all PPA-owned ports,” Santiago said.

The ports that were up for bidding this year were the ports of Tabaco, Ormoc, Legazpi, Surigao, Puerto Princesa and Nasipit.

He said PPA is open to changing existing policies if they see that the concern of the terminal operator is reasonable.

“If the policy has there for three decades now, it doesn’t mean that it’s still reasonable. We’re open to change to be able to adapt to the current condition,” he added.

He added that they were also looking into the uniform tariff system, as ports outside Manila, have different schedule of tariff.

“Certain charges were not existent in some terminals. We will make it uniform, and we will try to simplify it. The rates will be more transparent for ease of doing business,” he explained.

PPA’s completed port projects include the Cagayan de Oro Port (CDO), which houses the country’s biggest port passenger terminal building. It has an expanded capacity of up to 3,000 sea passengers daily with state-of-the-art facilities, amenities, and a brand new electronic gate complex.

To further alleviate port congestion at the CDO port and cater ease of movement for cargo vessels going to and from Misamis Oriental, CDO port was complemented by the development of the Opol port, which was inaugurated last July.

Other completed seaport projects, include the Sasa Port in Davao, Tubigon Port in Bohol, Limasawa, and General Santos (Makar Wharf).

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