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Pending PPA accreditation, permit application extended until end-July

All pending application for accreditation and permit to operate received by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and its port management offices (PMO) prior to or after March 15, 2020 are deemed approved and valid until July 31, 2020.

Hold-over authorities (HOA) to operate cargo-handling services that expired or are expiring during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified ECQ, and general community quarantine periods are also extended until July 31, 2020.

Moreover, all other permits, certificates, and authorizations issued by PPA or its PMOs which have expired on June 30 are extended until July 31, according to PPA Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 23-2020 signed by PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago last June 30.

MC 23-2020 noted that the extension period will not be extended further. In order to avoid fines, charges, and/or penalties, an application for extension or renewal should be filed on or before July 31.

The issuance of MC 23-2020 is in view of the extension of community quarantine in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country, and in consonance with Administrative Order No. 30 series of 2020, which directed all government agencies to formulate and issue guidelines on the interruption of periods for the filing of documents, payment of taxes, charges and other fees, and cancellation of proceedings before their respective offices.

READ: PPA extends validity of all permits amid lockdown extension

PPA last April through MC 15-2020 extended the validity of all PPA permits that have expired before March 17, 2020 and will expire during the effectivity of the ECQ period to June 30, 2020 or until the lifting of the ECQ, whichever comes later. – Roumina Pablo

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