‘Serbisyo at Malasakit’ define PPA the past 45 years
With the theme, “Apatnapu’t-limang taon na Malasakit at Serbisyo,” the PPA looks back in time in its bid to further improve its services in order to give better care to the country. PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago explained that ‘Malasakit and Serbisyo’ will be the mantra of the PPA in the next 365 days with the end goal of providing care (malasakit) to the Filipino people through its port services (serbisyo). “For the past 45 years, the PPA is not only known as the port planner and port service provider but most especially a champion when it comes to extending care to the community,” Santiago said. “These qualities have guided the agency for more than four decades and we have no reason to cease. In fact, we are even doubling our efforts through building better communities surrounding our ports,” Santiago explained. “The efforts are not confined to port services alone, but it also include empowering our economically-challenged Filipinos by bridging the gap in terms of food sustenance, healthcare and even up to housing,” Santiago added.
As of the moment, after allotting close to 5 hectares and some P1 billion to Baseco residents in February this year, the PPA is crafting several guidelines on how to duplicate the initiative to other areas even those areas without nearby ports. The PPA is also looking at reducing the carbon footprint of all its ports by introducing the use of sustainable energy, equipment and products to complement the initiatives of the global sector. PPA will likewise continue to pursue better partnership with the private sector to guarantee that port services are given at the highest quality possible particularly in ports with high concentration of people and cargoes. “This are only some of the plans of the PPA that are in store for the Filipinos aside from our earlier accomplishments, particularly in the field of infrastructure in support of the Build-Build-Build initiative of the current administration,” Santiago said. Earlier this week, the PPA said some 200 port projects have been completed in the first three years under the Duterte Administration. An additional 100 port projects are expected to be completed again at the end of the year. The projects are aimed at trade facilitation and faster turnaround time of vessels, thus, resulting to lower cost and better purchasing power for the Filipinos. Looking Back The separation of the Philippines into many islands, particularly in the early part of the ‘baby boomer’ generation, hopping from one island to another was not as easy as 1, 2, 3. However, with the establishment of the Philippine Ports Authority in 1974, through Presidential Decree No. 505, connecting the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao has steady improve through the years. Let us go back to specific periods of time in the last 45 years to show not only the evolution of the PPA to what it is now but also how it affected the lives of the Filipinos for the better.
1987–after taking away its corporate autonomy after the Edsa Revolution, the PPA regained its autonomy in 1987 to guarantee that all port projects are effectively implemented and that only port projects of viable markets are being carried out.
1989–When PPA was first feted as the top performer among all GOCCs at that time in giving dividend to the National Coffers. Up to this time, PPA remains in the top10 of the ‘billionaires club’ of all GOCCs. In the last 2 years, the PPA is averaging remitted dividend of at least P3 billion. These amounts are vital in carrying out the socio-economic and healthcare program of the government.
1996–Owing to the expertise of the PPA in planning and construction of ports, Government has transferred the control of ports included in the Pan Philippine Highway or the first ever Ro-Ro node of the country, which was established during the Marcos Administration. 2001–PPA, in partnership with the Visayan Forum Foundation, started to construct, establish and operate Half-way Houses in strategic ports as a first defense against human trafficking at ports. The operation of these houses have put the PPA on the world map after it was feted abroad by the World Bay Against Child Labor.
2007–the PPA has transferred to its new Corporate Office along Bonifacio Drive in Manila. This has been the seat of power for the PPA for the past 12 years.
2011–PPA has partnered with the Intellectual Property Rights Office in order to curb counterfeit and pirated goods passing through Philippine ports.
2013–With the devastation brought about by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Bohol as well as the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda to the Samar and Leyte area, PPA since has prioritized port projects in the area in order to bring back the ports to its pre-earthquake and Yolanda conditions or even better. While the major ports in the area have been utilized as early as the next day after the so-called disasters, repairs have been ongoing until now.
“The PPA, along with the Department of Transportation, guarantee efficient and effective service, first to all port users and passengers and to community adjacent to all ports that PPA and DOTr are your partners toward a comfortable life,” Santiago ended.