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16 port projects for inauguration this year

  • As of December 2020, the Philippine Ports Authority has completed 27 port projects, 16 of which are for inauguration in 2021
  • 36 port projects are ongoing: 15 in Luzon, 12 in the Visayas, and nine in Mindanao
  • PPA has completed bidding out the port terminal management contract of Puerto Princesa; bids are now undergoing post-evaluation
  • Also completed is the processing of bids for port terminal management contracts of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ormoc ports
  • Next up for bidding is the management and operation of Zamboanga Port, whose contract has a minimum concession fee of P2.49 billion

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it has completed 27 port projects as of December 2020, 16 of which will be inaugurated this year, according to PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago in a virtual press briefing.

A total of 36 ports are ongoing: 15 in Luzon, 12 in the Visayas, and nine in Mindanao.

The bidding process for several ports’ terminal management contracts has also been finished, including for Puerto Princesa port in Palawan, whose bid is now undergoing post-evaluation.

Also done and dusted are the processing of bids for the port terminal management contracts of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ormoc ports. PPA said the minimum concession fees for the contracts are P2.36 billion for Puerto Princesa Port, P849.65 million for Ormoc port,  P730 million for Tabaco port, and P542 million for Legazpi port.

READ: PPA seeks port operators for Tabaco, Legazpi ports; PPA seeks operators for Ormoc, Puerto Princesa ports

The next to be bid out is the management and operations of Zamboanga Port with a minimum concession fee of P2.49 billion, exclusive of all taxes.

READ: Zamboanga port contract worth P2.49B up for bid

Some of the completed port projects are the following:

Luzon

  • Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro – construction of a port operations building
  • Bansud port, Oriental Mindoro – construction of reinforced concrete (RC) pier, platform and roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ramp
  • Carmen port, Romblon – reconstruction of an RC pier and additional Ro-Ro ramps

Visayas

  • Dumaguete port – port operations building set to be inaugurated on March 11
  • Tagbilaran port – port operations building
  • Ormoc port – expansion of the port and construction of a port operations building

Mindanao

  • Cagayan De Oro port – expansion of backup area and RC wharf
  • Babak port, Samal Island – construction of a port operations building
  • Cantillan port, Surigao del Sur – expansion of the existing port

Two passenger terminal buildings (PTB) are also being constructed, one in Calapan port in Oriental Mindoro and one in Zamboanga port.

The Calapan port PTB can handle a little over 3,000 passengers at one time, while the Zamboanga port PTB will be able to accommodate 4,000 passengers at a time.

Port management contracts, which all have a concession period of 15 years, are the first to be bid out under PPA’s Port Terminal Management Regulatory Framework (PTMRF).

The PTMRF, under Administrative Order (AO) 03-2016, outlines the port authority’s new rules on terminal management contracts, and seeks to provide higher quality port service by promoting private sector participation.

Under this framework, investments in ports are to be categorized into six tiers, ranging from a fully private concession to a fully PPA-managed port, to make it easier to determine the investment arrangements of a port.

Santiago, during the briefing, said they are privatizing operations of ports currently managed by PPA. – Roumina Pablo

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