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PPA: No hazard fees for pilots 

 

Port sector clients do not have to shell out for additional charges, including hazard fees, despite the entire Luzon being under lockdown, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said. In a statement on Thursday, the PPA said it issued a memorandum banning the collection of extra fees in the delivery of port services. This order comes after Lucena-based Quezon Harbor Pilots Association Inc. sought to impose an additional charge of P60,000 for pilots’ health hazard fee for every vessel they will be assisting in Quezon ports. The move of the said organization was made known through a letter dated March 23, in which it argued pilots should be considered as frontliners, making them vulnerable to the coronavirus disease 2019. Although President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said all frontline personnel are entitled to get hazard pay, the PPA insisted the agency did not order to impose additional charges or fees to any terminal operator, cargo handling operator, pilots and pilots’ associations, private port operators, and port service providers, including the Quezon Harbor Pilots Association.

 

 

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