PPA Citizen's Charter

A.     Background Information

A.1   Mandate

PPA was created through Presidential Decree (PD) No. 505, otherwise known as the “Philippine Port Authority Decree of 1974”, issued on July 11, 1974.  Under the said PD, PPA is given general jurisdiction and control over all persons, groups and entities that already existing or are still being proposed to be established within the different port districts throughout the country.

PPA, in coordination with other government agencies, is also mandated to prepare and annually update a “Ten-Year Philippine Port Development Program” which shall embody the integrated plan for the development of the country’s ports and harbors.

However, recognizing the need to integrate and coordinate port planning, development, control and operations at the national level while at the same time promoting the growth of regional port bodies which may be more familiar with the peculiarities and potentials of their respective localities, PD No. 857, or the “Revised Charter of the Philippine Ports Authority”, was issued on November 16, 1978.

PD No. 857 expanded the concept of port administration not only to focus on revenue collection, harbor maintenance, and cargo handling but also to include emphasis on the role of ports as key to spurring regional growth.

In 1978, PPA’s charter was further amended by Executive Order No. 513, granting police authority to the PPA; creating a National Ports Advisory Council (NPAC) to strengthen cooperation between the government and the private sector; and empowering the PPA to exact reasonable administrative fines for specific violations of its rules and regulations.  Other amendments were also introduced to further define the role of PPA.

"To establish, develop, regulate, manage and operate a rationalized national port system in support of trade and national development"


A.2      Vision

        By 2030, the Philippine Ports Authority, as part of an integrated transport and logistics system, shall have provided port facilities and services at par with global best practices and a port  regulatory environment conducive to national development.


A.3   Mission

  1. Provide modern, sustainable, and resilient port infrastructures and facilities.

  2. Provide responsive, reliable, and efficient port services.

  3. Promote a regulatory framework that is transparent, fair, and relevant to the needs of all stakeholders in pursuit of a national port development program.


As per Article II Section 2 of PD 857, the objectives of PPA in implementing an integrated program for the planning, development, financing, and operation of ports or port districts for the entire country, are as follows:


  1. Coordinate, streamline, improve and optimize the planning, development, construction, maintenance, and operations of ports and its facilities;

  2. Ensure the smooth flow of water-borne commerce passing through the country’s ports, whether public or private for the conduct of domestic and international trade;

  3. Promote regional development through the dispersal of industries and economic activities throughout the different regions;

  4. Foster better inter-island sea borne commerce and foreign trade;

  5. Redirect and reorganize port administration to the broader function of total port district development, including the full and efficient utilization of port’s hinterland and tributary areas; and

  6. Ensure that all income and revenues accruing for the use of facilities and services provided by the Authority will be adequate to defray the cost of providing such facilities and services, and that a reasonable return on the assets employed by the Authority is realized.


In more concrete terms and as enshrined in its vision and mission statements, PPA aims for the following:

  1. To enhance accessibility through seamless connectivity with other transport modes;

  2. To provide facilities and equipment of internationally accepted standards;

  3. To continually improve the delivery of port services;

  4. To reduce client’s cost of business transaction in the ports;

  5. To maximize benefits from the privatization scheme;

  6. To be recognized for its own international best practices on its core processes (design, build, operate and maintain);

  7. To integrate port community development and environmental protection measures in the development and operations of the ports;

  8. To simplify business transactions in the ports;

  9. To contribute significantly to increased trade and tourism;

  10. To become financially sufficient to support its development programs.

  11. To raise employees’ competence to global standards; and

  12. To nurture a positive work environment to improve employee productivity and satisfaction.


A.5      Functions

Based on Article IV Section 6 of its amended charter, the following are the corporate duties of PPA:

  1. To formulate in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority a comprehensive and practicable Port Development for the State and to program its implementation, renew and update the same annually in coordination with other national agencies;

  2. To supervise, control, regulate, construct, maintain, operate, and provide such facilities or services as are necessary in the ports vested in, or belonging to  PPA;

  3. To prescribe rules and regulation, procedures, and guidelines governing the establishment, construction, maintenance, and operations of all other ports, including private ports in the country;

  4. To license, control, regulate, supervise any construction or structure within any Port District; 

  5. To provides services (whether on its own, by contract, or otherwise) within the Port District and the approaches thereof, including but not limited to berthing, towing, mooring, moving, slipping, or docking any vessel; loading or discharging any vessel; and, sorting, weighing, measuring, warehousing, or otherwise, handling goods. 

  6. To exercise control of or administer any foreshore rights or leases which may be vested in PPA from time to time;

  7. To coordinate with the Bureau of Lands or any other government agency or corporation, in the development of any foreshore area;

  8. To control, regulate and supervise pilotage and the conduct of pilots in any Port District;

  9. To provide or assist in the provision of training programs and training facilities for its staff of port operators and users for the efficient discharge of its functions, duties, and responsibilities; and,

  10. To perform such acts or provide such services as may be deemed proper or necessary to carry out and implement the provisions of the PD, including the adoption of necessary measures to remedy congestion in any government port, and in coordination with the Bureau of Customs in the case of ports of entry (as amplified by Exec. Order No. 513).


A.6 Core Values

    T ransparency

      R eliability

      I nnovation

      P rofessionalism

      S ustainability

      S ocial Responsibility



A.7 Strategy Map