28 JULY 2023, MANILA —Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Santiago instructed all the port management offices (PMO) under PPA to prepare ahead of time for the new tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) which has intensified into a tropical storm and will be named "Falcon" once inside PAR.
Minimal damage were reported in ports including one broken glass panel door in PMO Northern Luzon due to strong winds but other than that, all the PMOs have followed the standard operating procedures during typhoon season.
The PPA GM said preemptive measures have helped minimized the impact of Supertyphoon Egay in all ports along its path. The GM was satisfied upon his visit at the NorthPort Passenger Terminal in North Harbor, Port of Manila, after all the stranded passengers have boarded and have been assisted by the consolidated efforts of PPA, the local government social services department of Manila, and the Philippine Red Cross.
"Ginagawa po talaga ng PPA ang pre and post typhoon inspection para masigurado na maayos ang mga pasilidad at malaman kung may kailangan bang ayusin para sa susunod na sama ng panahon. Sa ngayon naman po maganda ang assessment natin dahil maaga tayong nakapaghanda. ", said Santiago during the interview.
NCR-North Port Manager Aurora Mendoza said the shower area and comfort rooms will be further improved and hot meals are always ready on stand by for stranded passengers.
"Yung cr po, malinis naman pero papaputiiin pa natin dahil ito talaga po yung gamit na gamit nung ilang araw ring na stranded ang ating mga pasahero dito. Malinis na po ulit ngayon ang waiting area at saka po ang departure area natin at wala na pong stranded", said Mendoza.
Other than the free charging station, the PPA also offers free water refilling stations, and hot meals for the passengers. The PPA also provides free film showing to the stranded passengers featuring Filipino movies.