Agreed to implement free-delivery System on Cargoes



The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has recently announced the implementation of the free-delivery system on port cargoes and containers where consignees, shippers and other stakeholders can now work on the speedy release of their cargoes even during weekends as long as the corresponding documents of the same had been completed.


PPA GM Juan Sta. Ana said that the onset of the holiday season has added to the unusual congestion and the abnormal traffic flow being experienced now in Manila Ports particularly the South Harbor and the Manila International Container Terminal.  “Due to the urgency of the matter, the PPA held meetings and the Bureau of Customs recently in order to find effective ways of mitigating port congestion of cargoes and containers in Manila ports.”


During the meeting representatives from the various stakeholders duly recognized the problem and committed to do their share in resolving the issue on traffic congestion at the Manila ports to include the terminal operators who committed to work and process the release of cargoes 24/7.  Other sectors like the Bureau of Customs committed to extend their working hours during weekdays and up to 5PM during Saturdays while the shipping lines will push their consignees to pull out their cargoes/containers as soon as the documents had been processed.  The shipping lines likewise agreed to tone down on the delivery of empty containers to the ports.


GM Sta. Ana however emphasized that in all these efforts being made by the various stakeholders at the port, the cooperation of the consignees/owners of warehouses to open up on weekends will be crucial.  “With all the efforts that everyone of us in the port sector is doing and committing in order to resolve the problem of congestion, we encourage the consignees to take the free delivery scheme and open up their respective warehouses during Saturdays and Sundays,” Sta. Ana added.


As in previous years, traffic congestion in the ports are experienced most particularly during the last quarter of the year mainly due to the influx of inward cargoes brought about by the onset of the Christmas season.  Likewise due to the effects of imbalance in trading where there are more importations made as compared to the exportation activities, a lot of empty containers are not being shipped out as fast as they should.



Update on Manila North Harbor Development


PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana said that the PPA is now awaiting for the submission of the conceptual master plan for Phase I (Terminal I) of North Harbor Modernization from the MNHPI.  Target date is end of December this year.


If and when said conceptual design is approved by the Port Agency, detailed engineering design of the planned container terminal will follow which is expected to be completed end of April 2011.


Upon completion of the detailed engineering, tendering of bids will be undertaken for Phase I coming Pier 14 up to the Marine Shipway.



      The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is preparing a strategic framework for Manila Harbor development. Under  its  Charter, the  PPA has the primordial responsibility to formulate a comprehensive and practicable Port  Development  Plan  for  the  State  in coordination with other national agencies. Specifically, part of its corporate  powers  is  “to reclaim, excavate, enclose, or raise any part of the lands vested in the Authority”. In  the  exercise  of  these  powers, DOTC Secretary Ping de Jesus gave PPA the go signal to undertake this Project  which can be expected to include reclamation work on which site can rise facilities for handling bulk commodities.

      PPA  GM  Juan  Sta  Ana  said that the area between Pasig River and South Harbor, directly fronting the Engineering  Island, offers huge potentials for commercial port operations. “ The strategic framework seeks to  create  additional space for hosting facilities that have not yet been made available in completed and/ or proposed  port  projects  in  the  Metropolitan Manila without adding to the problem of congestion of ports”. Sta  Ana  added. A  reclaimed area of about 200 hectares within the Port Zone Delineation (PZD) of the Port of  Manila can accommodate the needs of concerned investors who have already signified interests for long term  operation  of  commercial  ports  catering  to  a  wide  range  of  dry  or  liquid  bulk  cargoes such as wheat/flour, minerals, petroleum products, and others which at present had to be rerouted to other sites or handled shipside because of lack of or inadequate accessible Manila-based bulk handling facilities.

      PPA AGM for Operations, Raul Santos said that to jumpstart this Project, the PPA created  a  Committee to review, evaluate and recommend a strategic framework for Manila  Harbor  development  which  can  be the basis of PPA actions and address the proposals from interested private sector groups. The tasks  of  the Committee include the review of existing policies on commercial ports with the end in  view  of  establishing clear-cut guidelines on the qualification requirements  of  applicants,  procedures  for  filing  of  application, criteria  for  evaluation  and  approval, development/operational  limitations as well as extent of restrictions imposed  in  present  contracts  with  Manila-based  terminal  operators.  The  Committee’s report, which is expected to be completed before the end of the year, will serve as take-off point for future development efforts  even  as  PPA  is  designating  a  eparate Team to formulate the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the procurement of the developer of Manila Harbor through competitive public bidding.

      Manila ports, although still the most preferred staging areas for cargoes and destination of vessels, are already  teeming  with  port  activities  and  hardly  have  available   space,   thus,   necessitating   seaward expansion. The Manila Harbor Development will not only dramatically change the whole scale of commercial port development but will  specifically  contribute  to  re-establishing  the  port  of  Manila  as  the  country’s premier port capable of handling all types of sea-borne traffic.





                DIRECTING         THE        RATIONALIZATION        OF        THE        COMPENSATION        AND                                 
                             POSITION         CLASSIFICATION         SYSTEM        IN        GOVERNMENT  -  OWNED
                             AND         -   CONTROLLED                 CORPORATIONS                (GOCCs)               AND                              
                            GOVERNMENT         FINANCIAL         INSTITUTIONS         (GFIs),         AND         FOR
                            OTHER PURPOSE

               Whereas,    Transparency,    accountability    and    prudence    in   governmentSpending    are   among   the   core   governance    policies    being    adopted    by    this Administration:

                Whereas,    while    Government    Owned     and     Controlled     Corporations (GOCCs)   and   Government   Financial   Institutions   (GFIs),   by   the  nature  of  their Operations,  are  accorded  greater  flexibility  to  function  properly   and   efficiently Under  a  market  environment,  such  flexibility   shall   nevertheless   be   consistent With the precept of public accountability;

                Whereas,   there   is   a   need    to    strengthen    the    supervision    over    the compensation  levels  of   GOCCs   and   GFIs,   in   order    to    control    the    grant    of excessive salaries, allowance, incentive and other benefits;

                Whereas,   under   the   (9)   of   the   Senate   and  House  of  Representatives Joint  Resolution   (J.R.)   No.   4,   s.   2009,   agencies   exempted   from   Republic   Act (R.A.)   No.   6758,   as   amended,    shall    observe    the    policies,    parameters    and guidelines  governing   position   classification,  salary   rates,   categories   and   rates of allowances, benefits, and incentives prescribed by the President;

                Now,    Therefore,    I,    BENIGNO    S.    AQUINO    III,     President      of      the Philippines,   by   virtue   of    the    powers    vested    in    me    by    the    Constitution, President   Decree   No.   985,   President   Decree    No.    1597,    R.A.    No.    6758,    as amended  by  the  J.R.  Nos.   1,   s.   1994,   and   4,   s.   2009,   do   hereby   order    and Direct:

                SECTION   1.    Rationalization      of      the       Compensation       and      Position Classification  Systems  in  all  GOCCs  and  GFIs .  -   The  compensation  and   Position classification   system   in   all  GOCCs  and  GFIs  shall  be  rationalized  in  accordance with the policies, principle and parameters prescribed in this Order.

                SECTION  2.     Guiding    Principles.   –   The   following   principles,   patterned after    the    governing    principles    in    J.R.    No.    4,    s.    2009,    shall     guide     the rationalization   of    the    compensation    and    position    classification    system    in GOCCs and GFIs;


a.       All    government    personnel    shall     be    paid    just   and      equitable

compensation  in  accordance  with  the  principle   of   equal    pay    for

work of equal value.


b.      The  compensation   for   government   personnel   shall   generally    be

Comparable  with   those   in   the   private   sector   doing    comparable

Work  in  order  to  attract,  retain  and  motivate  a  corps of competent

Civil servants.


c.       The      compensation      for      government       personnel       shall        be

standardized  and  rationalized  to  create  and  enabling   environment

that  will  promote  social  justice,   integrity,    efficiency,    production,

accountability and excellence in the civil service.


d.      A      performance - based      incentive      scheme     which      integrates

personnel  and  organizational  performance  shall  be  established   to

reward exemplary civil servants and well-performing institutions.



e.      A  periodic  review  of  the  compensation  and  position   classification

systems  shall  be  conducted   taking   into   account   the    changes   in

skills  and  competency  requirements  and  the   possible   erosion   in

the purchasing power due to inflation, and other factors.


f.        The  compensation  for  government   personnel   shall   be    kept    fair

and  reasonable  in  recognition  of  fiscal  realities  and  the    personal

services  cost  shall  be  maintained   at   a   reasonable   proportion   of

over-all expenditures.


                  SECTION  3.    Total      Compensation      Framework.      –     All     remuneration

  granted to members  of  the  board  of  directors/trustees, officers and  rank-and-file

  employees   of   GOCCs   and   GFIs   shall   be   categorized   in   accordance   with   the

  Total    Compensation    Framework    established    under    item   (4)   of   J.R.   No.   $.

  Under  this  framework,  total  payment  for  services  rendered   by   personnel   shall

  Be limited to the following categories:


a.       Basic Salaries, including Step Increments;


b.      Standard     Allowances    and    Benefits    which     are     given     to      all

Employees across agencies;


c.       Specific - Purpose  Allowances  and  Benefits  which  are   given   under

specific conditions, based on actual performance of work; and,


d.      Incentives,  which  are  rewards    for   loyalty   to   government   service

and for exceeding performance targets.


                  SECTION   4.    Standard   Components   of   the   Compensation   and   position

  Classification   Systems.    –    To    standardize     the     compensation     and     position

  classification    systems    in    all    GOCCs    and    GFIs,   said   system   shall   have   the

  following components:


a.       Compensation System


i.                     A    salary   schedule   to   cover   full-time    employment,   and

Salary  rules  to  implement  the  payment  of salaries  and step

Increments; and,


ii.                   Set    of    allowances,   benefits,   and   incentives   categorized

pursuant    to    the    Total    Compensation     Framework;    and

guidelines, rules, and regulations for the grant thereof.


b.      Position Classification System


i.                   Index   of   occupational  groups, classes of positions, and salary



ii.                 Standards   or   specifications    for    each    class    of    positions;



iii.          Rules,  regulations,   and   procedures   for   the   administration

                and maintenance of the position classification system.


                SECTION   5.    Rationalization  of  Indirect  Compensation  Excluded  from  the

Total   Compensation   Framework.  –  Provident   fund   Benefits,   additional   health

 insurance,   and  other  benefits  that  are  indirect  compensation  and  are  excluded

accordance      with     the     policies     to     be     issued     by     the     President     upon

recommendation of the Task Force created in Section 7 hereof.


                SECTION   6.    Considerations    in   Setting   Compensation   Levels   in   GOCCs

and  GFIs.  –  In   setting   compensation   levels,   the   peculiar   nature   of   corporate

operations    shall    be    taken    into    account,    The    following    factors     shall     be



a.       Coverage   of   the   GOCC/GFI   under  R.A.  No.  6758,  as  amended,   or

exemption therefrom;


b.      Strategic    position    of    the    GOCC/GFI    in    the    industry   where  it



c.       Proprietary nature of operations;


d.      Requirement    for     highly     technical     or     specialized     skills     and

Expertise in corporate operations;


e.      Comparability    of    the    compensation     package     with     prevailing

industry practices;


f.        Financial    capability    and    viability   of   the   GOCC/GFI,   to   include:


i.                     Operational Stability and self-sufficiency

ii.                   Consistency in income/profit performance and attainment

 of output or service targets

iii.                Remittance of dividends to the National Treasury

iv.                 National Government support in terms of subsidy, equity,

net lending, or tax subsidy;


g.       Proportion    of   Personal   Services   expenditure   to   total   corporate

operating budget;


h.      Privatization plans; and,

i.         Other relevant factors.


                SECTION   7.     Creation  of  a  Task  Force  on   Corporate   Compensation.  –  A

Task  Force  on  Corporate  Compensation  (TFCC)  is   hereby   created   to   undertake

the    review    of    all    remuneration    granted    to    members     of    the    board    of

directors/trustees,  officers  and  rank-and-file  employees,  as  well  as discretionary

 funds  of  GOCCs  and  GFIs,  to  be  composed   of   the   Office   of   the   President   as

Chair,  and   the   Department   of   Budget   and   Management,   the   Department   of

Finance,    and    the    Civil    Service    Commission    as    members,    The    TFSS    shall

perform the following functions:


a.       Prepare    an    update     inventory     for     the     salaries,     allowances,

incentives,    and   other   benefits,   under   both   direct   and   indirect

compensation,      given      to      all     members     of     the     board     of

directors/trustees,  officers  and  rank-and-files  employees,  whether

covered    by    or    exempted    from    R.A.    No.    6758,    as   amended,

including      those      received      from      subsidiaries      and       private

corporations, if any, as well as discretionary funds;


b.      Categorize  all  remuneration  granted  to  members  of  the   board   of

directors/trustees,   officers    and   employees   of   these   entities   in

accordance  with  the  Total  Compensation  Framework  in   Section   3

above,    and    those    considered   as   indirect   compensation   under

Section 5 hereof; and,


c.       Formulate      and      recommend      measures      to      rationalize       the

compensation  system    and    the    use    of    discretionary    funds    in

specific     GOCCs     and    GFIs,    including    putting    a    cap    on    total

compensation.   The   TFCC   shall   submit   a  report on its findings and

recommendations  to  the  President  within   90  days   from   issuance

of this Order.



                SECTION   8.    Submission   of  Information   on  All  Personnel  Remuneration. - All    GOCCs   and   GFIs   shall   submit   to   the   TFCC,   information   on   all   salaries, allowances,    incentives,    and    other    benefits    under   both   direct   and   indirect compensation,  granted  to  members  of  the  board  of   directors/trustees,   officers and  rank-and-file  employees,  as  well  as  discretionary  funds,  in  a  format   to   be prescribed   by  the  TFCC,  certified  correct  by  the  Department  Secretary  who  has supervision over the GOCC/GFI.


                SECTION   9.    Moratorium      on       Increases       in       Salaries,       Allowances, Incentives and   Other   Benefits.   –   Moratorium    on   increases    in    the    rates    of salaries,     and     the    grant    of    new    or   increases   in   the   rates   of   allowances, incentives   and   other   benefits,   except   salary   adjustment  pursuant to executive Order  No.  811  dated  June   17,   2009   and   Executive   Order   No.   900   dated   June 23, 2010, are hereby imposed until specifically authorized by the President.


                SECTION   10.    Suspension   of   All    Allowances,    Bonuses    and    Incentives for   Members   of   the   Board   of   Directors/Trustees.   –   The   grant   of  allowances, bonuses,     incentives,     and     other     perks     to     members     of     the     board     of directors/trustees   of   GOCCs   and   GFIs,   except   reasonable  per  diems, is hereby suspended   for   until   December  31,  2010,   pending   the   issuance  of new policies  and guidelines on the compensation of these board members.


                SECTION   11.    Effectivity .   –    This    Executive    Order     shall     take     effect immediately upon publication.

                DONE   in   the    City   of    Manila,   This   8th   day of September, in the year of  our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.


    By the President:



   Executive Secretary



List of Acquired and Donated Books


    Philippine Ports Authority Training Center  (PPATC) compiled a complete list of Acquired and Donated books from CY 2003 to present. The list included books on various subjects like Management, Economics, Leadership, Law and Politics etc.

Click on the link below to download list of books in Microsoft Word Format



Book Donation 2008-10


Newly acquired books for 2007-10



Port Community to Celebrate Maritime Week


The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in coordination with the various public and private maritime stakeholders, spearheads the series of activities that will be conducted in celebrating Maritime Week on September 20 -26, 2010. This year’s theme is, “Maritime Industry: Onward to Global Competitiveness”.


To promote people awareness of the celebration, the week-long activities will start with a motorcade from Rizal Park to Rajah Sulayman Park which will immediately be followed by the blowing of ships’ horn and then the Silent Drill Exhibition which will be demonstrated at the said parks.


The PPA has already notified all its Port Management Offices all over the country to inform all shipping lines to participate in the said blowing of ships’ horn on September 20, 2010.


On day two, a maritime symposium with the theme “Seafaring and Family Life” will be conducted at the AMOSUP Convention Hall from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the same time, an Oratorical Contest will be held at the NRCO-OWWA in Intramuros, Manila.  The Buhay Marino will take charge of the two-day Job Fair which will be held at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila grounds from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on September 21 to 22, 2010.


As in past years’ celebrations, Social Responsibility and Ecological Awareness concerns are among the activities that were lined up. Among these are: the Medical and Dental Mission, Blood Letting, Tree Planting and Coastal Clean-up.


Maritime students and seafarers will have a chance to showcase their talent and creativity through the “Boses Marino Karaoke Challenge and the Poster Design Contest both of which will be held at the LUSWELF, Rizal Park on September 23, 2010.  Participants will try to outdo each others’ gastronomic capacity through a Seafarers’ Boodle Fight at LUSWELF.


The celebration will be capped with a Eucharistic Mass at the Manila Cathedral and a Memorial of the Sea which will be held at the Manila Bay.   


The Maritime Week is embodied under Presidential Proclamation No. 1560 dated July 17, 2008 with the end view of promoting maritime awareness to the public.  It is also in conjunction with the World Maritime Day’s theme: “2010: Year of the Seafarer”.




Message on the 110th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary

Isang maligayang pagbati sa ating mga lingkod bayan sa inyong ika-isandaan at sampung taong anibersaryo ng Serbisyo Sibil ng Pilipinas.

Sa mga nagdaang taong ito, pinilit ninyong tahakin ang tuwid na landas ng tapat at buong pusong paglilingkod sa ating bayan.

Ngayong nasa panig na nating muli ang mamamayan,umaasa ako sa patuloy na pag-alab ng tunay na serbisyo sa ating mga puso.

Ikinalulugod ko kayong maging kabalikat sa patuloy nating laban upang itaguyod ang isang gobyernong hindi kailanman tatalikod sa kanyang tungkulin sa bayan at sa kapwa Pilipino.

Muli, isang makabuluhang pagdiriwang sa inyong lahat!

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Guideline in Improving Communication About People with Disability

Proper communication promotes better relationship among men. For persons with disabilities, it spurs their social rehabilitation and development, more so their self acceptance and that of the people around them. It lessens, if not totally eradicates attitudinal biases and discriminating practices toward persons with disabilities.


Communication disability matters and about person with disabilities involve the way we call and refer to them, using appropriate words and the way we use them as subjects or as part of the message in any communication activity.


Organizations of and for person with disabilities around the world have recommended words to use and basic guidelines whenever we refer to persons with disabilities and disability in the production of any communication products, be it in oral, written, or in electronic form. These helpful recommendations give more emphasis on “being a person” of the persons with disabilities rather than on their handicap, thus developing a friendlier society for them.


The next time you talk about disability or person with disabilities, especially if you are working in the media or an advocate for persons with disabilities  or simply engaged in any communication protocols and help improve public attitude towards persons with disabilities.


Straight to PWDs heart!

  • ·        The disabled

  • ·     The mentally retarded

  • ·     The Deaf

  • ·     Blind (only for those who cannot see)

  • ·     Confined to wheelchair/wheelchair bound

  • ·     Cripple/ Crippled

  • ·     Deaf and dumb/Deaf mute

  • ·     Disabled organization/parking space/toilet, etc.

  • ·     Disease

  • ·     Dwarf Invalid / Afflicted with / Stricken with

  • ·     Victim of/Suffers from

  • ·     Mongol

  • ·     Patient / victim / sufferer

  • ·     Vegetable

  • ·     Despite of…

  • ·     Abnormal / defective

  • ·     Differently abled /  Physically or Mentally Challenged

  • ·     Fits

  • ·     Spastic

  • ·     Handicap (not to describe a disability, but to describe the obstacle that restrict an individual’s participation)

  • ·     Insane / lunatic / mad / crazy

  • ·     Normal

  • ·     Epileptic

  • ·         Persons with disabilities

  • ·     Persons with disabilities / learning disorders

  • ·     Persons who are deaf

  • ·     Partially Sighted

  • ·     Visually impaired

  • ·     Vision impaired/ low vision

  • ·     Uses a wheelchair /  wheelchair user

  • ·     Has a physical disability

  • ·     Hearing impaired / Hard of hearing

  • ·     Organization of persons with disabilities, etc /  accessible parking space / toilet

  • ·     Condition / Impairment

  • ·     Persons to short stature

  • ·     The persons has… (the disability) or simple person with a  disability

  • ·     Person with Down Syndrome

  • ·     Individual/person/people/client/ consumer/customer/etc.

  • ·     Person in a coma/comatose

  • ·     Has the ability

  • ·     Person with a congenital disability

  • ·     Person with a disability since birth

  • ·     Person with a disability

  • ·     Seizures

  • ·     Persons with Cerebral Palsy

  • ·     Handicapped by lack of accessible transport, etc.

  • ·     Mental Illness

  • ·     Sighted/hearing/ambulant/non-PWDs

  • ·     Person with Epilepsy


Re - usable

Guidelines in improving Communications about People with Disabilities

  1. Depict people with disabilities at home, at work, at school, at leisure and in a variety of the ordinary social physical situations.

  2. Acknowledge the natural curiosity and occasional awkwardness that may develop in social situations involving persons with ad without disabilities. Where appropriate, provide positive examples in which such curiosity is satisfied and in which awkwardness in lessened.

  3. Include people with disabilities as part of the general population in media products in addition to those in which their story is the primary focus.

  4. Avoid presenting people with disabilities as dependent or pitiful. Other stereotypes to be avoided include presenting people as inherently saintly or asexual, gratuitously dangerous or uniquely endowed with a special skill due to disability.

  5. Consider carefully the words used to describe or characterize individuals with disabilities, Recognize and void phrases that may demean these individuals (e.g. blind as a bat, deaf and dumb).

  6. Portray people with disabilities in the same multidimensional fashion as others.

  7. Present the achievements and difficulties of people with disabilities in ways that do not overemphasize the impairment or exaggerate or emotionalize the situation. for example, in news stories and documentary reports, the fact of a person’s disability should be reported  only when it is directly relevant.

  8. Information should be provided to the public about prevention and treatment of impairments that lead to disability. As well as the availability of services for people with disabilities and their families. This can be done through public information campaigns and also can be integrated unto general media products.

Reference:         Improving Communications about People with Disabilities. Un

                         Division for Economic and Social Information, Department of

                         Public information, New York, N.Y. 10017,USA

Legally speaking


Republic Act No. 9442 or the Act amending R.A. 7277, Otherwise know as the “Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities” contains the following provision to enhance positive perception about person with disabilities:

                                “CHAPTER 1. Deliverance from Public Ridicule

                “Sec. 39. Public Ridicule – For purpose of this Chapter, public ridicule shall be defined as an act

                of making fun or contemptuous imitating or making mockery of persons with disability whether in writing.

                Or in words, or in action due to their impairment/s.


                “Sec. 40. No individual, group or community shall execute any of these acts of ridicule against persons

                With disability in any time and place which could intimidate or result in loss of self-esteem of the latter.


                                “CHAPTER 2. Deliverance from Vilification


                “Sec. 41. Vilification -  For purposes of this Chapter, vilification shall be defined as:


(a)    The utterance of slanderous and abusive statements against a person

         disability; and/or


(b)     An activity in public which incites hatred towards serious contempt for, or

         severe ridicule Of persons with disability.”


                “Sec. 42. Any individual, group or community is hereby prohibited from vilifying any person with disability

                Which could result into loss of self – esteem of the letter.” 



Illegal Live Fish Shipment Intercepted in Tagbilaran

Police officers of the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) port of Tagbilaran intercepted an illegal shipment of tropical live fish placed inside styrofoam boxes on board M/V Santiago de Bohol from Lopez Jaina, Misamis Occidental.

 The PPA police apprehended the courier Edmund Tero, a native of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Oriental.  During the interview, the suspect presented documents which the authorities found questionable such as an altered permit from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Plaridel.

 The interception was made possible after the prohibited load was tipped off from concerned passengers alighting from the said vessel and giving the details of the contraband to PPSenior Inspector, Carlos H. Salazar.

 The PPA turned over the intercepted illegal shipment to BFAR Tagbilaran. Meanwhile, the local BFAR, headed by Crescencio P. Pahamutang, commended the port authorities for its significant contribution to the bureau’s drive to deter illegal shipments and eventually conserve the country’s remaining marine resources.

 Tropical live fish is being sold to local pet shops for aquarium hobbyist. 



15 years ago, I left this organization to join the private sector.  I was in a crossroad then, even as I held PPA in high esteem and considered it an institution one would be proud of....but the lure to join the private sector was just too great!  I had no inkling whatsoever that 15 years later, I’d be coming back.  Initially, I had mixed feelings about the whole thing because, just like the others before me, I’m quite ambivalent.  I was happy where I was... enjoying my quiet private life.


After much thought, however, I told myself there must be a reason, a purpose, especially with the dawning of a new administration, where everyone would like to help, to contribute no matter how little--just like you, me, and everyone else.  After much discernment, I can now describe that feeling of joining back PPA, more approximately--that feeling of having been  away for so long a time, and then, suddenly longing to go home.  Yes, joining this organization once again gives me the feeling of coming home.


We have now a new government and our Leader is determined to lead by example, and to make a difference.  He is dead-set to inspire us all by his simplicity as a way of life and live the forgotten values of humility, honesty, and integrity in public service.  With special emphasis on humility, I’d like to share with you a sermon I heard the other day.  Very fitting for public servants like us, the priest explained that humility is the foundation of all virtues.  The higher a person is, the deeper his humility should be. Just like a building, the higher it is, the deeper its foundation should be.  So, let us all keep this in mind always when dealing with our customers.  Let us also support our President in his burning desire to transform our country from one of decadence to one that we can all be truly proud of.


But remember, the burden of change does not rest on his shoulders alone.  It rests upon all of us to do our part.  We should remember that if this national effort to change crumbles for lack of people support or sheer indifference, we shall have lost a rare opportunity to make a difference for our country.


Now, let’s look at what kind of policies we can espouse to the port community.  Firstly, we subscribe to the basic notion that the private sector is the engine of growth.  For this reason, we should continue to


1)   encourage more private sector participation in the management, operation and development of ports;

2)   level the playing field so that all players live and operate by the same rules; and

3)   adopt a policy of fair, open, healthy and viable competition.


Except for the regular functions of PPA, it should adopt the laissez faire doctrine of less government intervention so as to encourage, support, and influence the rapid growth of economic activity.  For our part, we will have simpler and predictable policies that are clear and easy to implement.  For our co-workers in PPA, we will consciously implement promotions from within that will enable deserving and senior civil service workers to grow in this organization.  For the business sectors, we shall continue to encourage and support them, and treat them as partners without compromising, however, the objectives and principles of our organization.  For the public, we shall endeavour to serve them with utmost efficiency in the timely delivery of port services.


          In closing, let me once again exhort everyone not to forget the basic tenet or cornerstone of public service.  Public office is a public trust.  Echoing the inaugural address of the President ...


 “we are here to serve the people and not to lord over them”.

          Have a pleasant day.




President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana as the new General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) vice Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla who retired on June 30.

A former PPA Assistant General Manager for Operation, Atty. Juan "Boy" Sta. Ana comes back to PPA to become the Port Agency's General Manager after fifteen (15)long years.

Before becoming Gen. Mgr. of the Philippine Ports Authority, Juan Sta. Ana was a Senior Vice President of F. F. Cruz & Co., and Vice President of several F. F. Cruz subsidiary corporation such as Freysinet Filipinas Corp., and F. F. Marine Corporation.

Mr. Sta. Ana earlier served as Manager of the Port District of Manila, Philippine Ports Authority from 1988 to 1995. He also served the Department of Transportation & Communication in various capacities such as Technical Assistant to the Secretary, Executive Directory of the Transportation Cooperatives, and Corporate Secretary in various corporation under the DOTC.

PPA Briefs Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China Delegation

PPA General Manager Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla (3rd L-R) recently met with the visiting Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China Delegation headed by its Vice Governor, Mr. Chen WU (extreme right). The visit to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) By  the Chinese delegation  composed of government officials  and businessmen aims  to  promote  and strengthen  the cooperation between  China and  the  Philippines as well as explore the  opportunities for investment  and cooperation particularly in areas of logistics, ports and shipping. The group were given a briefing on the PPA operations and other related concerns after which they had the opportunity to tour the Manila South Harbor Port. Other PPA Executive Officials who joined the GM during the briefing were (L-R) AGM Engr. Claro V. Maranan and AGM Atty. Gloria J. V. Bañas.




Engr. Efren B. Bollozos accepted and assumed the post as Port District Manager of Northern Mindanao during  the turnover ceremony held on April 19, 2010 in Grand Caprice, Cagayan de Oro  City. Outgoing Acting Port District Manager Engr. Liberto dela Rosa  handed over the symbolic key of responsibility.

  The Guest Speaker for the occasion was no less than the General Manager Oscar M. Sevilla who was  formally introduced by AGM FA Gloria J. Victoria Bañas.  Also present were Port District Managers Abdussabor Sawadjaan and Hector Miole; Port  Managers: Noeme Calderon, Necitas Layola, Jr., Oscar Beluan, Efren Quiñones, Atty. Glen Cabañes, Renato Tolinero, Christian Santillan, Leonilo Miole; Department Managers: Adelaida Hernandez, Lilian Javier and Tom Carlos.  All PMOs in Northern Mindanao were also represented . 

The turnover ceremony  was extra special because of the attendance of  family members, relatives, retired PPA personnel and friends from the port community and DOTC. The PDO employees  rendered two heartwarming songs  and a dance production number and  PMO Cagayan de Oro also perfomed a dance number. To cap the night were continuous  singing and dancing  as the guests stayed  behind to celebrate. (PDO NM)


by Johnny Talili

In a simple ceremony held at the PPA Administration Bldg. in the morning of May 19, 2010, Mr. Oscar Montante Beluan assumed office as Port Manager of PMO-Nasipit. The day was doubly special as it was also the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Patron Saint of Butuan City.  

Joining the PMO’s personnel during the ceremony were the port managers of PDO NOMIN headed by its new Port District Manager, Engr. Efren B. Bollozos. Members and partners from the port community were also present to give support to the PMO’s new port manager.

In his assumption and acceptance speech, Mr. Beluan thanked PPA Management and his fellow workers in PPA for trusting him to manage the PMO with whom he has headed in previous times in the past in an acting capacity.  

PDM Bollozos commended Mr. Beluan for being a diligent worker and a good team player with a vast knowledge in port operations. He also challenged and encouraged those who wanted to aspire for higher positions to exert more effort and strive hard to reach their goals. 

 Mr. Beluan is a graduate of BSMT from the prestigious Philippine Merchant Marine Academy. After passing the board exams for marine officers, he boarded and worked in a number of ocean-going vessels which took him to destinations around the world. 

He joined the PPA as Asst. Port Operations Officer, being among the pioneers of the then Port Management Unit (PMU) of Masao in 1977.


PMO-Ozamiz Holds Turnover Rites for Port Manager
Efren A. Quiñones is the new Port Manager

A Turnover Ceremony was held on April 20, 2010 at PMO-Ozamiz Multi-purpose Hall  marking the transfer of leadership from PM Noeme W. Calderon to PM Efren A. Quiñones. Key officials of PPA headed by AGM for Finance and Administration, Atty. Gloria J. Victoria Bañas, graced the event.

PM Quiñones has spent almost thirty (33) years of service in PPA as an operations man at PMO-Zamboanga.  He rose from the ranks, starting as Terminal Operations Assistant to

PM Quiñones accepts the key symbolizing turnover of responsibility from PM Calderon on stage with AGM-FA Bañas and PDM Bollozos

Manager, Port Services Division.  He has also carried the torch of PANTALAN leadership as National President. 

The former and new Port Manager of PMO-Ozamiz have striking links namely in PMO assignment and in PANTALAN headship. PM Quiñones became the PANTALAN National President serving the unexpired term of PM Calderon in view of her promotion as Port Manager. Now, the former followed her trail as the new PM in PMO-Ozamiz .  

He had once visited PMO-Ozamiz sometime in 2008 to observe the RO-Ro operations and came back as Port Manager. The PMO, as he candidly expressed during his visit, was his choice if ever elevated as PM and it happened!  

In his first official address during the turnover, PM Quiñones stressed his confidence and optimism in leading the PMO.    

PM Quiñones’ record of accomplishment as a Career Executive Service Officer, all his professional, academic and personal undertakings alongside with his known dedication and competence, among others, are truly worth noting and his appointment as PM was truly a well-deserved promotion.

The PMO-Ozamiz personnel are saddened by the transfer of PM Calderon yet they very much welcome PM Quiñones       

His professional, personal achievements, marking his being a CESO holder also, and other credentials truly, he well deserved this position

His local and foreign studies, being a CESO holder, known honorable life, are really de


By: Evelyn F. Espinosa

April 20, 2010, 11:00 a.m. was a big day for PMO Iligan as it hosted the Turnover Ceremony for the incoming Port Manager, Engr. Noeme W. Calderon from the outgoing Acting Port Manager Cristina P. Embay.    

The Ceremony was grand in terms of sheer number of VIPs that attended. Not only were all members of the Port Community represented, it was also attended by top PPA executives headed no less by the PPA Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration, Atty. Gloria J. Victoria-Bañas, together with the HRMD Manager Adelaida C. Hernandez, Port District Managers: Efren B. Bollozos of PDO-Nomin, Abdussabor A. Sawadjaan of PDO Somin and Hector E. Miole of PDO Soluz, Port Managers: Liberto C. dela Rosa of PMO General Santos, Leonilo E. Miole of PMO Zamboanga,  Oscar M. Beluan of PMO Nasipit and Glenn G. Cabañez of PMO Cagayan de Oro. 

Outgoing Acting Port Manager and concurrent RMD Manager Ms. Cristina P. Embay made a moving relinguishment speech of her accomplishments and extended her thanks and gratitude to PMO senior staff and personnel who had helped make her work easier as Head of the PMO from January 22, 2010 up to date.   

Engr. Noeme W. Calderon on her part, acknowledged PMO Iligan as her mother PMO where she started her career in PPA in 1977 and likened it to an ancestral abode where she will always come home to after her travel and experiences with the other PMOs. She said that she is very thankful to PPA for giving her opportunities to spread her wings. She started as Jr. Statistician and handled many important positions while in PMO Iligan. She was promoted to become the first RMD Manager of the newly upgraded PMO Ozamiz then she came back to PMO Iligan as Terminal Supervisor. She received her appointment as Port Manager of Dumaguete in 2005 while she was still the Acting PSD Manager of Iligan. She received her Productivity Award from PPA and PAG-ASA Award from Civil Service while she was still in PMO Iligan.   She assured the public that she will continue to render the best possible services expected of her. 

AGM Bañas commended the PMO for the Muslim inspired decorations and costumes that had been the backdrop of the many picture takings. 


Members of the PPA guard force assigned at the Baseport of Puerto Princesa, intercepted seven (7) live talking birds (Mynah), locally known as “Kiyaw”, from a suspected male carrier after he entered the Malvar pedestrian gate and was found from frisking that a customized vest tied around his body and concealed under his loose colored t-shirt had several pockets that contained said endangered species at about 9:30 p.m. of 14 April 2010. Shift-In-Charge (SIC) Edgar Cario who led the discovery apprehended the suspect and brought him and the pieces of evidence to the Port Police Division for proper action.  

“Kiyaw” is one of the endangered Buhay Ilang species in Palawan the unauthorized transport of which is in violation of Republic Act 9147 or better known as The Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. 

The male suspect who is an apprentice seaman of MV Milagrosa J3 was identified as one JOENEL MAGALLANES y TONACAO, 27 years of age, married, and with given address at Guimbal, Iloilo.  When interrogated, the suspect alleged that a woman whom he did not fully know approached and requested him to bring the live birds to the vessel in exchange for P400.00 per head that would be handed to him upon arrival at the Iloilo Port.  Trusting that he would not be frisked at the gate because he is a crew member of a passenger vessel, Magallanes proceeded with the deal; but the vigilant PPA guards at the gate foiled his attempt.   

Ms. Jean Urot, supervisor of Task Force Sagip Buhay Ilang, filed appropriate formal charges against the suspect whose recommended bail was pegged at Php 4,000.00.  She revealed that the confiscated talking mynahs have a total estimated market value of Php 56,000.00.  




The Baggage X-Ray Machine (BXM) installed at the Passenger Terminal Building of the Port of Puerto Princesa has lived up to expectations when fifteen (15) pieces of live ammunition were intercepted at the PTB last 11 March 2010 at about 3:10 in the afternoon. 

One of the two (2) backpacks carried by a male boatman was detected to contain these ammunitions after passing through the BXM, prompting security personnel to conduct physical inspection. Eight (8) rounds 9mm and seven (7) rounds cal. 45 live ammunition were recovered by the screening inspector hidden at the side pocket of the bag.  

The suspect was identified as ARNOLD CEDENIO y OTCHIA, 35 years old, married, employed as a diver, and with given address at Purok Maunlad, Bgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City.  He alleged during the investigation that he did not own the bag and that a companion requested him to carry it for him inside the PTB.  The suspect, however, failed to identify his alleged companion. 

A formal complaint has been filed against the suspect at the City Prosecutor’s Office for violation of section 1 of RA 8294 for illegal possession of ammunitions.  The case is now awaiting court proceedings at the Regional Trial Court Branch 47 in Puerto Princesa City. 

True to its purpose, the BXM has been instrumental in assisting its operator detect different prohibited and/or regulated objects defined under PPA Memorandum Circular 13-2006. It likewise widened their know-how about the various methods used by suspects in concealing questionable items. 

Among the prohibited items detected in the past through use of the BXM are: firearms and ammunitions of various calibers, knives of different sizes, pointed devices or weapons, knuckles, incendiary items, banned fruits for transport, endangered flora and fauna, corrosive materials, drugs like shabu, among other things.  Those authorized to be carried on board are turned over to the vessel representative for release at the port of destination; while others without appropriate papers are confiscated for safekeeping or for filing of appropriate charges at the City Prosecutor’s Office. 

All said, the incident once again proved the reliability and competence of PPA’s security policies.  




Three (3) boxes containing seventy (70) kgs of fish poison known locally as “Lagtang” (sn Anamirta Ciocculus) were intercepted at the Port of Puerto Princesa last 21 February 2010 when security personnel conducted inspection of baggage and cargoes at the entrance gate. 

The suspected owner of the illegal fishing substance identified as DOMINADOR RAMONEDA y TAHIL, of legal age, single, a businessman, and with given address at New Buncag, Puerto Princesa City was brought to the Port Police Headquarters for initial investigation for violation of RA No. 8550 Section 8 Art. (2) which reads: “Mere possession of explosive, noxious or poisonous substances or electrofishing devices for illegal fishing shall be punishable by imprisonment ranging from six (6) months to two (2) years”. 

Actually, “Lagtang” is a large, woody vine with corky, gray bark and white wood.  The stems are wadded and porous, with stout, smooth branches. Toxic substances from the plant have been found to cause death, vomiting, blindness, paralysis and severe skin and throat irritation. 

The fruit of lagtang is the one made as fish bait and when the fish meals on it, the fish is paralyzed making it easy to catch.  Lagtang fruit, which is nearly spherical and about 1 cm in diameter, is first heated or roasted then crushed to powder form before it is used as fish “food”. 

The successful interception of these obnoxious fruits commonly used in illegal fishing has heightened security awareness against transport of these substances at the baseport as well as at the Cuyo port, the port of origin. 


PPA HOSTS APSN Promotional Mission Conference

1st) PPA General Manager Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla (upper right) offers a token to APSN Council President Mr. Jerry Rysanek (upper left).

(2nd) Photo below (from left to right) are Ms. Wu Shu; Mr. Fei Weijun; Ms. Madeleine Abada; AGM Gloria Victoria-Bañas; GM Oscar M. Sevilla; Ms. Martha Rysanek and Mr. Jerry Raysanek.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) plays host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Port Services Network’s Promotional Mission (APSN) last 25-26 March 2010 held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the PPA Corporate Building, Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila.

The APEC Port Services Network (APSN) which mission statement is “Networking for Stronger Ports Industry and Better Community” is a new international organization that will provide opportunities for ports and the port services community to liaise and discuss with APEC member economies on such issues as the impact of regulations and policies on various maritime industries. Membership in this international organization provides a unique opportunity to network with other industry members from the Asia-Pacific region, creating an open and cooperative  business environment. The APSN aims to build a better business relationships and stronger ties within ports and port service industries worldwide.

Membership is open, but not limited to port authorities and corporations; terminal operators and owners; shipping lines; shipping agents; stevedoring companies; logistics companies and freight forwarders; rail companies; other port services companies.

Launching of PPA Coffee Table Book

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has recently launched the port agency’s Coffee Table Book entitled “Bridging Development through PGMA Legacy Ports.”  Publication of said book aims to document and showcase the various port infrastructure projects undertaken by the port agency most particularly during the PGMA’s administration

The Honorable DOTC Secretary Anneli Lontoc joined the PPA GM in unveiling the blown-up version of the Coffee Table Book and witnessed by guests from various shipping and ports association who joined the PPA in celebrating the event.  In photo are the Honorable DOTC Secretary Anneli Lontoc and PPA GM Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla unveiling PPA Coffee Table Book.


The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) has officially signed the 25-year contract for the management, operation, maintenance, development and promotion of the Phase II of Batangas Port. The Batangas Port is being primed as an alternative for Manila’s busy harbors shown in photo are (L-R-seated) ATI President Eusebio H. Tanco and PPA GM Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla.  Witnessing the signing are (standing-L-R) Mr. Ian Baking, Atty. Cecil Agatep, Mr. Ricardo Alvarez, AGM Leopoldo Bungubung, AGM   Atty. Gloria Victoria-Bañas , Atty. Hiyasmin delos Santos and Atty. David Simon.


PPA HOSTS APSN Promotional Mission Conference

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) plays host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Port Services Network’s Promotional Mission (APSN) last 25-26 March 2010 held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the PPA Corporate Building, Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila.

 The APEC Port Services Network (APSN) which mission statement is “Networking for Stronger Ports Industry and Better Community” is a new international organization that will provide opportunities for ports and the port services community to liaise and discuss with APEC member economies on such issues as the impact of regulations and policies on various maritime industries.  Membership in this international organization provides a unique opportunity to network with other industry members from the Asia-Pacific region, creating an open and cooperative business environment.  The APSN aims to build a better business relationships and stronger ties within ports and port service industries worldwide. 

Membership is open, but not limited to port authorities and corporations; terminal operators and owners; shipping lines; shipping agents; stevedoring companies; logistics companies and freight forwarders; rail companies; other port services companies.

 Members of the APSN than that met with Philippine Port Officials headed by PPA GM Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla (upper right photo) and representatives from various maritime organizations were (L-R) APSN Sec. Gen. Fei Weijun; and APSN Council President   Mr. Jerry Rysanek.




A total of 73 trafficking cases were handled by the Manila Port Anti-Trafficking Task Force from the last quarter of 2009 to January 2010.  This was contained in a report submitted to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla.

             The Manila Port Anti-Trafficking Task Force is composed of the PPA through its Port Police Division, the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VFFI), various Shipping Lines, Port Operators and other concerned government agencies e.g. DSWD, DOJ among others.

             The ports serve as entry points for trafficked women and children so that the PPA is fully supporting the initiatives of the team in order to minimize if not totally eliminate this illegal activity in the ports.  For years now, several cases have been filed and from these cases, one suspect was already convicted for violation of Section 4(a) of the Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Person Act. 

            The port agency’s halfway houses are being managed by VFFI who also serves as the PPA’s partner in combating these trafficking activities in the ports.  Said halfway houses likewise serve as temporary shelters for the women and children who for whatever reason were stranded in the ports.  Task Force meetings which are being spearheaded by the VFFI are held regularly to update the members on the various issues and concerns pertaining to the team’s plans and projects as well as share and discuss the anti-trafficking initiatives being undertaken by each member agency. 

            During the regular task force meeting held last 19 February 2010, VFFI reminded the task force members to be extra vigilant and to exert more effort in their campaign for the prevention of human trafficking since as per the task force experience during the previous years the influx of impoverished graduates coming from the various provinces increases during the 2nd quarter of the year.





            The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) North Harbor Port Police Division reported the arrest of a suspect involved in the kidnapping incident that took place at Dos Palmas Beach Resort in Palawan in May 2001.

             Said arrest incident which was earlier coordinated to the PPA Port Police intelligence and Investigation Office at the North Harbor by the NCRPO Intelligence Operatives was contained in a report made by PPA North Harbor Port Manager Engr. Constante Fariñas, Jr. to PPA General Manager Atty. Oscar M. Sevilla.

             Apprehended was one Jumadil Arad alias “Abu Hurayra,” an alleged member of the ABU SAYAFF GROUP operating in Mindanao and suspected to have been involved in the kidnapping of tourists, both foreign and local, at the said resort in Palawan last May of 2001.

             The said suspect who was being tailed on board a shuttle bus going to Pier 2 four intelligence operatives in civilian attire going to North Harbor was intercepted by the combined operatives from the Police Intelligence group headed by P/Supt. Adolfo B. Samala, Jr. and the PPA Port Police personnel at the Zaragosa entrance gate at around 4:45 in the afternoon last 18 February 2010.

             The suspect was immediately brought by the NCRPO Southern Police District Intelligence Group to their headquarters at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.





Puerto princesa port managment office (pmo) manager luis a. Cuison recently announced the publication and distribution of its “puerto guapo komiks” as part of  the philippine port authority’s commitment to promote an environment friendly port  through its proper waste  management system and the clean and green port program.

“while this is but one medium for promoting public awareness on the importance of waste reduction,         reuse and recycling, we view the same as part of the overall ppa effort to          

bring our port communities to a level of conciousness that would compel them to act at mitigating the adverse effects of climate change”, pm cuison said.

            pmo puerto princesa earnestly hopes that the practical approach   employed in this edition of the puerto gwapo komiks will reassure readers             that consistent collective efforts for the protection of mother earth will      produce immediate and long-term benefits to its present and future          dwellers.




 The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recently announced its invitation to interested bidders on the proposed Port Improvement Project at the Port of San Juan, Brgy. Subukin, Batangas.

             Said port project will include the construction of RoRo ramp and Breasting Dolphin, Back-up area and the Passenger Terminal Building.

             Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (R.A. 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act.”

             Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships or organizations with at least seventy-five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. nes.

             Interested bidders may obtain further information from the PPA Bids and Awards Committee.





            The ground breaking ceremony of the Sual Port Development Project was held last 5 February 2010 at the waterfront of Barangay Poblacion in Sual. 

            PMO South Harbor Manager Atty. Edgar C. Pilar who attended the said event in behalf of AGM Leopoldo Bungubung said that the facility was primarily designed to attract more investments, create jobs and generate more economic activities for the province. 

            The said Port Development Project is jointly undertaken by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Province of Pangasinan and the Municipality of Sual.  The ceremony was highlighted by the signing of documents to be placed inside a time capsule by the following government officials: Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr., Rep. Arthur Celeste, DOTC USec Doroteo Reyes III and Sual Mayor John Rodnye Arcinue.  Witnessing the signing are: Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, PPA Region I Port Manager Silverio Mangaong, Jr., Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Presidential Assistant for North Luzon Ernie Mendoza, Sta. Barbara Mayor Reynaldo Velasco and PMO-South Harbor Port Manager Edgar C. Pilar.

            The town boasts of a cove that goes up to Lingayen Gulf and serves as natural harbor and refuge for ship at the South China Sea during typhoons.




President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited the Port of Batangas recently after the launching of Luzon Urban Beltway at the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) at Sto. Tomas, Batangas. 

Upon arrival at PMO Batangas, Her Excellency was welcomed by DOTC Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza, General Manager Oscar M. Sevilla, PPA AGM for Finance and Administration Gloria Victoria J. Bañas, PDM Hector E. Miole (PDO Southern Luzon), Acting Port Manager Victor A. Arellano and PMO Batangas officers and employees. 

GM Sevilla reported to the President PPA’s Accomplishments, highlighting milestones from 2001-2009, the years when she assumed the highest post of the land.  Among PPA’s significant achievements are: 1) acceleration of the Batangas Port Development Project (BPDP); 2) operationalization of Passenger Boarding Bridges; 3) mobilization of civil and marine works for BPDB Phase II; 4) launching of Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) providing faster and cheaper transport connecting Manila to Dapitan; 5) job training for 100 informal settlers affected by BPDP; 6) construction of the 318N access road and fly over connecting Star Tollway to Batangas Port; 7) completion of package 1 (container terminal) of BPDP II; 8) Urban Luzon Belt of BPDP II (which includes the Ports of Batangas, Cawit in Marinduque and Lucena in Quezon); 9) award on the management, operation and development of Batangas Container Terminal to Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) for 25 years. 

Also present were Vice President Noli De Castro, DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Secretary (for External Affairs) Eduardo Pamintuan, Vice Governor Mark Leviste and media people.