PPA News & Events

New multipurpose Maritime Center breaks ground in Ilo-Ilo

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.

PPA ready for the Holidays all the way to the Chinese New Year

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.

PPA revives push to ratify IMO FAL Convention

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.

Philippines urges APA to exploit MSR to expand trading base

NOVEMBER 17, 2016, MANILA—The Philippines is urging the member nations of the Asean Ports Association (APA) to align their policies and port infrastructure improvements to take advantage of China’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR).

Speaking before the delegates of the 42nd APA Main Meeting hosted by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the MSR offers immense growth opportunities as it allows APA members to expand its trading base aside from the traditional markets like the USA, Japan, China, Australia and India.

Philippines hosts Asean Ports Association meeting

NOVEMBER 10, 2016, MANILA—The Philippines, through the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), is hosting the 42nd Meeting of the ASEAN Ports Association (APA) on November 15-16, 2016.

The event, which will be held at the Solaire Resorts Hotel located at the country’s Entertainment City in Parañaque, is expected to be attended by the top port executives and decision makers from the member nations of the APA.

Exports spur growth in Ph total cargo throughput in Jan-Sept period

NOVEMBER 2, 2016, MANILA—Philippine exports posted the highest growth percentage in cargo volume pulling up the country’s total cargo throughput higher by 9% in the first 9 months of the year.

Latest data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) showed that throughput reached 183.730 million metric tons (mmt) as compared to the 168.074 mmt registered in the same period last year.

PPA GM Santiago inspects ports ahead of Halloween break

OCTOBER 25, 2016, MANILA--Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago today visited the Ports of Batangas and Calapan, two of the country's busiest passenger terminals, as part of PPA's Oplan Ligtas Biyahe -- Undas 2016 to guarantee safety, comfort and convenience of passengers while inside the terminals while waiting for their scheduled trips. Free Wi-Fi is also provided in 67 terminals nationwide making PPA ports more passenger-friendly. Santiago is also set to visit the North Port, the country's premiere domestic port, this Thursday.

Truck Booking System bumps Port Authority income by 16%

OCTOBER 24, 2016, MANILA—Net income of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) soared in the first nine months of the year despite the continuing drop in storage fees due to the introduction of the terminal truck appointment and booking system (TABS) early this year.

Latest data from the PPA showed that all aspects of its revenue sources posted significant increases coupled with the modest decline in total expenses.

PPA, PAI, APEC-Antwerp/Flanders sign pact on Port Training Cooperation

OCTOBER 19, 2016, MANILA—The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) signs an Understanding with the Port of Antwerp International (PAI) and APEC-Antwerp/Flanders (APEC) on capacity building and Philippine port development.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an offshoot of the ongoing seminar on Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Ports Master Planning currently conducted by PPA in coordination with the representatives of the PAI and APEC.

Port security, free Wi-Fi now in place ahead of the Halloween break

OCTOBER 10, 2016, MANILA—A couple of days before the Halloween break, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has started to implement stricter security checks to complement the initiatives being imposed by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority.

The PPA has likewise made sure that passengers waiting for their vessel boarding time will get free Wi-Fi access in 67 terminals nationwide.