Truckers laud PPA for new permitting system

24 JANUARY 2022, MANILA—The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) has lauded the move of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in implementing a single document serving as Accreditation, Permit to Operate and vehicle pass in all ports controlled by the agency as well as private ports.

CTAP, considered as the biggest trucker’s group in the country, said the move is in accordance with the policy direction of the government particularly in the ease of doing business in the country.

“We would like to express our gratitude for the issuance of PPA Order No. 01-2022 that requires a single Transport Accreditation Permit and Pass for Ports (TAPP),” CTAP President Maria B. Zapata said in a letter addressed to PPA General Manager Jay Santiago dated 20 January 2022.

“This promotes ease of doing business in the logistics sector by eliminating various permits, licenses and passing through stickers of truckers by economic zones, ports, and local government units,” Zapata added.

The new guidelines, which took effect on 13 January 2022, dubbed as Transportation Accreditation, Permits and Pass for Ports or TAPPP rationalizes the existing process in consideration of RA 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Gov't Service Delivery Act.

TAPPP is recognized in all ports nationwide. However, this is exclusive of the commercial and technical service arrangements of port service providers and terminal operators to facilitate and expedite transactions with port users.

“This is a testament that PPA works for its stakeholders. We are committed to providing them the best service as possible in compliance with the policy direction of the Government,” Santiago said.

“With several months more before this government steps down from power, we will be implementing several measures more to guarantee swift and convenient transaction with the PPA,” Santiago said.

The documentary requirements for the TAPPP include:
1.    Duly-filled-out Application Form with Omnibus Statement
2.    Articles of Incorporation/Partnership (For corporation/partnership)
Certificate of Registration (For sole proprietorship)
Certificate of Corporation (For cooperative)
3.    Latest Income Tax Return for existing entities
4.    Proof of Authorization
a.    Secretary’s Certificate (For corporation/partnership/cooperative
b.    Authorization Letter signed by the sole proprietor (For single proprietor)
5.    List of Trucks together with their Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) with Deed of Sale/Assignment/Transfer, as possible.

The TAPPP is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issuance. An application for renewal shall be filed not later than 60 days before the expiration of the TAPPP.

A TAPPP needs to be valid and in order, as it authorizes the service provider to perform or provide services inside PPA ports including harbors, fairways, and extensions to ensure that port service providers in ports under PPA’s jurisdiction comply with the health, safety, environmental and operational requirements of the port or ports where the services will be rendered.

This also enables the PPA to monitor, supervise and direct the activities of the port service providers while inside the port as well as maintain a pool of qualified service providers to ensure continuous provision of adequate, safe, and reliable port services to port users.