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Albay port congestion worries staff, truckers

Apr 13, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Cargo trucks are piling up at the Pio Duran port in Albay and nearly a hundred drivers and crew are stranded, making physical distancing nearly impossible to implement

Photo from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Pio Duran, Albay Facebook page

Gov't eyes seizure of abandoned cargo at congested Manila port

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Overstaying cargo would be seized in favor of the government, under a proposed joint memorandum circular

CONGESTED. The Manila International Container Terminal has over 36,000 shipments at the port. Photo from DOTr

Crew of vessels from China not allowed to disembark in PH ports

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:55 PM

If a vessel came from any port in China and docks in the Philippines, its crew cannot get off. Visitation privileges of relatives of Filipino seafarers are also suspended.

NO DISEMBARKING. Due to the continuing outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Philippine Ports Authority banned vessel crews that departed from China from disembarking at its ports. Photo from Marina FB page

Ex-port officials cleared as Martires reverses indictment in DMCI mining case

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:49 PM

In another act of reversing his predecessor's past actions, Ombudsman Samuel Martires clears former port officials Juan Sta Ana and Raul Santos in a graft case

CLEARED. Juan Sta Ana is cleared by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from Philippine Ports Authority website

Philippine Ports Authority to set up 'all gender' restrooms in seaport terminals

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago says the facilities will be completed and usable by the end of August

ALL GENDER RESTROOMS. The Philippine Ports Authority will be setting up all gender restrooms in line with their goal of gender sensitivity and inclusivity. Photo from Shutterstock

Gov't inaugurates 'biggest' port terminal in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The new terminal building has designated green areas and amenities that include a play area for children, drinking stations, ecumenical prayer rooms, an urgent medical room, food stalls, and pasalubong centers

BIGGEST. This is the biggest seaport terminal in the country so far, according to the Department of Transportation. Photo from DOTr

TIMELINE: GSIS, Enrique Razon's dispute over port property

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

GSIS president Jesus Clint Aranas quits his post amid revived plans to sell the land where port tycoon Enrique Razon's ICTSI operates. Here is a timeline of events dating all the way back to the 1970s.

Batangas port unlikely site for international cruise hub

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:43 PM

'Not in the next 5 years. It would require additional investment in the part of PPA, such as capacity requirements and security matters,' Philippine Ports Authority Manager Leopoldo Biscocho says

BATANGAS CITY PORT. A photo of the port of Batangas City on November 13, 2015. Photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons and taken by Andrea Albini

Ombudsman charges ex-Philippine Ports Authority officials with graft

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The former officials are accused of anomalously granting permits to a port used by DMCI Mining Corporation

CHARGED. Juan Sta Ana is indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for graft. Photo from PPA website

Coast Guard stepping up sea patrols in Boracay

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Authorities say they will intensify sea patrols and deployment of assets to protect Boracay Island from any armed groups

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Customs warns thousands of importers with wrong addresses, numbers

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:29 PM

More than 3 000 importers may lose their accreditation if they fail to provide the Bureau of Customs with correct or updated office addresses and contact details

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Auring

Jan 08, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board tells transport operators to attend to the needs of affected passengers

PPA: Manila ports' yard utilization 'very healthy'

Dec 21, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Cargo utilization at the Manila International Container Terminal MICT and the Manila South Harbor MSH remain very healthy at 60

PORT OF MANILA. In this photo taken on August 20, 2014, trucks drive past rows of cargo containers at the Port of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Philippine ports ready for holiday season

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:32 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority guarantees the public that ports will remain clog free

BOC: Person accepting bribe isn't from customs bureau

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Closed circuit television CCTV footage from the BOC command center shows the one involved is an employee of the Asian Terminal Inc ATI

ICTSI to open new port terminal in Congo in August

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:51 AM

The new terminal will be located in Matadi the chief sea port in Congo

NEW DEVELOPMENTS. Construction of ICTSI’s new Congo terminal is set to open for business in mid-2016. Photo from ICTSI

Ports closed due to #OnyokPH

Dec 18, 2015 - 11:30 PM

At least 4 500 passengers 109 rolling cargoes 38 vessels and 15 vessels are stranded in various seaports before Tropical Depression Onyok makes landfall

Philippine ports chief resigns

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Juan Sta Ana says he wants to return to the private sector after serving the Aquino administration for 5 years and 5 months

RETURN TO PRIVATE SECTOR. PPA chief Juan Sta Ana has long contemplated returning to the private sector. Photo from PPA website

Davao Sasa project attracts 5 investors

Jul 29, 2015 - 5:34 PM

San Miguel ICTSI and Singapore s Portek are among the 5 groups that want to bid for the Davao Sasa modernization project

NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS. A study shows that container traffic in Davao is seen to increase by at least 6% annually over the next 25 years. Photo from Wikipedia

Local shippers wary over Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Local shipping players concerned over increased competition from foreign shipping the readiness of ports and potential smuggling

Customs preparing new fuel-marking scheme to fight smuggling

Jul 26, 2015 - 9:03 PM

The scheme is estimated to net an additional P13 6 billion in government revenue from curbing smuggling particularly in Bataan ports

Lorenzo Shipping profits in 2014 despite port congestion

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Domestic shipping line records its most profitable year in 10 years and reiterates the need to modernize ports

3 potential bidders for Davao Sasa port project

May 21, 2015 - 6:12 PM

So far San Miguel Corporation Davao International Container Terminal and Portek International have bought bid documents for the country s first seaport PPP project

FIRST SEAPORT PPP. San Miguel, along with two other firms, buys bid documents for the P17-billion ($382.35-million) Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project. File photo from the Philippine Ports Authority

ICTSI not keen on Davao Sasa seaport project

Apr 20, 2015 - 11:06 AM

We may not bid for that says ICTSI chairman Enrique Razon Jr when asked about the P17 B first seaport public private partnership project of the Aquino administration

Gov’t rolls out Davao Sasa port project

Apr 11, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The P17 B modernization effort is the first seaport PPP project to be rolled out by DOTC

PH imports drop 14.2% in January

Mar 25, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The continuous fall of oil prices causes the month on month decline says NEDA

Ports authority books profit despite congestion

Mar 23, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority even overshoots its P3 67 billion target by 16 or P582 million

Port congestion fixed, Malacañang says

Mar 02, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The volume of cargo ship in and out of the seaports in the Philippines also grew faster in 2014 amid the congestion the Philippine Ports Authority reports

Manila ports less congested now, says ports agency

Feb 23, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The continued decline in the utilization level of the Manila ports is a clear manifestation of a healthy government and private sector partnership the Philippine Ports Authority chief says

Manila ports nearing congestion as holiday period begins

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:18 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority appeals to importers and cargo owners to clear their cargos with only a week left before Christmas

PPA chief: Manila ports to be fully decongested early 2015

Dec 15, 2014 - 6:50 PM

The number of vessels at queue was reduced to a combined total of 16 vessels excluding those at berth from a high of 30 a couple of weeks ago

Gov't to complete Tacloban airport rehab in Jan 2015

Nov 08, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The Aquino administration reports that it has finished work on 3 other airports and 14 seaports in Yolanda hit areas

Ebola precaution: PH to check ships' last 5 ports of call

Oct 23, 2014 - 5:52 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will have to know if the international cargo ships and passenger vessels have been to any country where Ebola cases have been reported

Image from Wikicommons

P251-M budget for APECO? 'Waste of money' – Osmeña

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the economic zone in Aurora province should only get caretaker fund of P48 5M for its failure to bring its promised economic growth

Alternative ports not long-term solution to port congestion

Oct 07, 2014 - 5:46 PM

The private port operator of the congested Manila harbor wants better road networks to achieve faster movement of shipments in and out of the port of Manila

Manila ports decongesting but corruption poses problem

Oct 01, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras discloses a scheme by fixers that includes unfair charges for shipping lines

The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

Customs misses revenue target in August

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:58 PM

Four out of the 5 billionaire ports in the country failed to hit their goals for August dragging the overall revenue performance for the month

After truck ban, Manila ports start to breathe

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Private operators of the country s biggest shipping ports report an increase in import and export shipments in Manila

The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

Port operators move overstaying containers to Laguna

Sep 12, 2014 - 11:33 AM

In addition to the ports of Subic and Batangas a 4 hectare facility in Laguna will house overstaying cargoes piling up at the Manila harbor

CONGESTION. Trucks carrying shipping containers arrive at Manila's international container port on April 10, 2014. File photo by  Jay Directo/AFP

Gov't imposes fees for unclaimed cargoes at Manila ports

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Philippine Ports Authority charges shippers P5 000 for overstaying Customs cleared cargoes

Subic tapped as extension of Manila port

Sep 07, 2014 - 10:56 PM

The government is also eyeing the same arrangement for the Batangas port

DECONGESTION. The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

P22-M smuggled ‘ukay-ukay’ seized in Baguio

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Erring ‘ukay ukay’ importers take advantage of freeport zones to evade tax duties says the Bureau of Customs

Importers told: Claim overstaying cargoes in Manila by Sept 8

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Or else the government says it will move these to other locations

The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

Overstaying containers at Manila ports shipped out to Subic

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:43 AM

A chartered vessel moves overstaying cargo to make way for the onset of peak shipping season next month

Manila port braces for cargo peak season

Aug 21, 2014 - 3:58 PM

The Manila International Container Terminal operator will complete yard expansion in 30 to 60 days in anticipation of the surge in cargo volume by December

DTI: Price hikes inevitable due to port congestion

Aug 20, 2014 - 4:51 PM

But the government assures the public it will ensure that traders recover their costs reasonably

INEVITABLE. Higher port and other transport changes on imported materials and products would increase prices of some commodities, especially in the Christmas season, the Department of Trade and Industry says. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena / EPA

Palace offers perks to Batangas port users

Aug 18, 2014 - 12:22 PM

The government is promoting the Batangas port as an alternative to the congested Manila ports

UNDER STUDY. A study is set to assess how the Batangas port can be fully utilized for Manila port's sake. AFP Photo

Cabinet body orders speedy release of food cargo at Manila port

Aug 16, 2014 - 12:20 PM

The Cabinet Cluster on Port Congestion has directed Manila port operators to prioritize the release of food cargo to avert price hikes and a looming food shortage in the metro

BOC to speed up auction of overstaying goods in Manila ports

Aug 12, 2014 - 4:48 PM

The auction is the newest measure undertaken by the Bureau of Customs to ease port congestion

DECONGESTED SOON. Malacañang assures the public that the congestion at major ports in Metro Manila would ease by Saturday, August 16. File photo by Agence France-Presse / Jay Directo