Prior to the creation of PPA, port administration in the Philippines was merged with the traditional function of revenue collection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Port and harbor maintenance was the responsibility of the Bureau of Public Works (BPW). In the early 1970's, there were already 591 national and municipal ports plus 200 private ports scattered all over the country necessitating the need for long-range planning and rationalization of port development.
JANUARY 17, 2017, MANILA—State-owned Corporation Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) posted a 17% hike in net profit in the 11-month period of 2016 anchored on the strong financial performance of the agency during the last five months.
The accumulated amount was also significantly higher compared to the target for the entire 11-month period in 2016.
The PPA was able to achieve such financial stability despite the continuing slide in the foreign exchange rate and other external factors affecting the strength of the Philippine peso.
JANUARY 12, 2017, MANILA—The country’s import sector maintains its strong performance bumping Philippine cargo throughput higher by 6% as of October 2016.
The continuing strong performance by the sector is anchored on the high demand of imported consumer products including Christmas goods and foodstuff.
Passenger volume is also on the rise due to the increasing cruise ship arrivals in the Philippines bringing in more tourists resulting in a high double-digit growth in foreign passage traffic.
JANUARY 11, 2017, MANILA—The maritime community within and along the Panay island is getting a new boost after a multipurpose Maritime Center breaks ground at the heart of Iloilo City.
Set to be a one-stop shop for the maritime community, the venture is set to be completed within the second quarter of the year, which include among others, a four-storey building with roof deck and elevator including perimeter fence, driveway, parking area and soft scope.
DECEMBER 19, 2016, MANILA—With only five days to go before the Philippines celebrates Christmas and 13 days away from the New year, Philippine ports remain efficient and productive despite the influx of Christmas cargoes.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago, however, continues to urge the cargo owners not to relax in the cargo withdrawals and continue to take advantage of the Truck Appointment and Booking System in order to have a very smooth turnaround time for the country’s foreign cargoes.
DECEMBER 8, 2016, MANILA—The Philippines, through the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), is reigniting plans to adopt the Facilitation of the International Maritime Traffic Convention of 1965 or popularly known as the FAL Convention.
The PPA led the crafting of the ratification papers in 1996 with the Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority, the Department of Foreign affairs, among others, for the convention but has not been ratified in Congress the past two decades.