PPA News & Events

Manila South Harbor handles largest cruise ship to dock in the Philippines

09 JUNE 2018, MANILA— The Manila South Harbor handled the biggest and largest cruise ship to dock in the Philippines, underscoring its readiness to accommodate the demands of the booming industry for the Philippines.

MS Ovation of the Seas, arrived at MSH on Saturday, is by far heavier and longer by 17,336 gross tons and 12.65 meters, respectively, than MS World Dream, the erstwhile largest cruise ship that docked on Philippine waters.

MS Ovation of the Seas is operated by Royal Carribean International while MS World Dream is run by Genting Hong Kong, Ltd.

PPA upbeat over prospects brought about by new MICT post-panamax cranes

07 JUNE 2018, MANILA— Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago witnessed the arrival of a pair of Neo-Panamax and a Post-Panamax quay cranes to be used at the country’s biggest container terminal, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).

The pair of cranes arrived Thursday.

“The new cranes will definitely boost the capability of the MICT and will definitely guarantee a congestion-free international container terminal,” Santiago said at the sidelines of the arrival ceremony held at Berth 6 of the MICT.

Manila port operators donate safety, communication equipment to MMDA

04 JUNE 2018, MANILA—Manila port operators International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) have donated at least a P20 million worth of safety and communication equipment to the Metro Manila Development Authority on Monday.

The pieces of equipment were donated to help the agency improve the traffic flow in the metro particularly container trucks plying the roads using the Terminal Appointment Booking System or TABS.

The donation was made possible through the intercession of the Philippine Port Authority.

PPA embarks on massive computerization, automation efforts

25 MAY 2018, MANILA—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is totally migrating to automated, modernized and mobile operations in its bid to transform the agency into a more responsive government organization to the demands of global trade.

As a starter, the PPA is replacing all its desktop computers with state-of-the-art laptop computers for more mobility and environment-friendly energy consumption.

PPA steps up infra upgrades as port revenues surge 9% in Q1

21 MAY 2018, MANILA—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is accelerating its port infrastructure projects after port revenues posted strong figures in the first three months of the year.

PPA continues to post favorable performance after posting a banner year in 2017 in terms of revenues and dividend remitted to the national coffers.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said the positive deviation provides the agency bigger elbow room to further improve the ports with high concentration of cargoes and passengers.

PPA invests, capacitates outsourced personnel as it opens entry level positions to all qualified applicants

18 MAY 2018, MANILA—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is empowering all its outsourced personnel to compete with other qualified applicants in all its entry level and technical positions this year.

The initiative is in preparation for the full implementation of a Joint Memorandum Order among three (3) government agencies namely: Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), requiring all government agencies to restrict the need of hiring outsourced personnel at the start of 2019.

PPA steps up security measures at ports in anticipation of a busy Lenten Break

MANILA, 22 MARCH 2018—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has mobilized all its port security units 10 days before the Lenten Break to guarantee safe and convenient ports for the duration of the season.

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago, said, just like the past years, port operations during this Lenten Break is expected to be busy and challenging.

“Emergency response teams and security personnel in all PPA-controlled ports have been mobilized to ensure smooth operations,” Santiago said.

PPA set to remit highest dividend in its entire corporate life to Nat’l coffers

13 MARCH 2018, MANILA—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is set to remit more than P3 billion in dividend, its highest contribution to the National coffers since 1986.

The state-owned agency’s dividend for 2017 also eclipsed by at least 30% all the dividends it remitted to the government at least in the last decade, including its erstwhile record of P2.158 billion remitted in 2015.

PPA is mandated to remit 50% of its annual net income to the National Government after it was granted fiscal autonomy during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino.

Cruise tourism initiatives pay off as arrivals jump more than a 100 folds

5 MARCH 2018, MANILA—Philippine cruise ship arrivals posted unprecedented figures in the last 12 months capped by the simultaneous docking of cruise ships at the Manila’s South Harbor.

On Monday, the Manila South Harbor, managed and operated by Asian Terminals, Inc., registered the biggest number of cruise ships docked at the ports with four, namely, SuperStar Virgo of Star Cruises, Costa Atlantica of Costa Cruises, Amsterdam of Holland America Lines, and Silver Shadow of Silversea Cruises.