The way International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) successfully engaged various stakeholders in implementing its truck appointment system project has won top recognition from the Philippines’ largest organization of public relations professionals.
The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) conferred to ICTSI the 2016 Grand Anvil, the highest honor given by the society, as it adjudged the terminal operator’s 1-Stop Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) the best PR program of 2016.
ICTSI in a statement said the rollout of TABS, a web-based booking system for trucks going to and coming out of the port area, was key to easing Metro Manila traffic by managing the flow and scheduling trips of container trucks plying city roads, and helped solve and prevent supply chain backlogs at the Port of Manila.
“The Grand Anvil for TABS is proof that ICTSI puts first the interest of the port community and supply chain stakeholders, the trucking industry in particular and the commuting public in general,” Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI senior vice president and head of Asia Pacific Region and MICT, said.
“I thank PRSP for recognizing our TABS implementation as the first stakeholder engagement program in the supply chain sector to win the coveted Grand Anvil. We share this award with our government partners, the Department of Transportation, Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Customs, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the City of Manila, and former Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, for being our co-champions for TABS,” Gonzalez said.
“I also thank our TABS team for their hard work, patience and dedication, and our technology provider, 1-Stop Connections of Australia, who also implemented a similar system in our Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne,” he added.
PRSP cited ICTSI for “setting remarkable performance records” in terms of additional revenues for the government, improved port operations and processes, and better productivity for port users, especially trucking operators.
“It was able to gain government’s policy support and cooperation of stakeholders that ended a cyclical crisis, which prevented potential losses estimated at P2.5 billion a day,” the citation added.