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Manila port terminal operators will issue, on behalf of the Philippine Ports Authority(PPA), a cargo truck permit for presentation at checkpoints upon entry into and exit out of Metro Manila during the community quarantine.

Under PPA Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 09-2020, issued on March 15 and effective immediately, Asian Terminals Inc, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and Manila North Harbor Port, Inc. will issue the cargo entry/withdrawal permit (CEWP)–on a per transaction basis–at the Manila South Harbor, Manila International Container Terminal, and Manila North Harbor (North Port), respectively.

PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago, in a text message to PortCalls, said “truckers bound for the PPA terminals in NCR [National Capital Region] will need to coordinate with the terminal operators to obtain CEWPs.”

Sample of Cargo Entry/Withdrawal Permit

Cargo Entry/Withdrawal Permit for cargo trucks entering and exiting Metro Manila

According to MC 09-2020, the CEWP is a document proving that “the truck going in and out of the NCR (National Capital Region) is performing an essential service and necessary for the continuous movement of goods and cargoes in and out of NCR for the duration of the community quarantine.

“It serves as a pass/clearance to enter or exit from NCR and to proceed to and from Manila ports,” MC 09-2020 adds.

No fees will be collected for the issuance of CEWP or for its single round-trip voyage for the period covering the community quarantine.

The terminal operators will adopt the CEWP Form prescribed by PPA under MC 09-2020 and use a unique control number with a prefix indicating the port terminal operator that will issue the CEWP.

The terminal operators should also submit on a weekly basis to PPA a list of CEWPs.

MC 09-2020 said PPA has the right to cancel or revoke the CEWPs for violation of any of the conditions for their issuance.

The CEWP is required pursuant to the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) guidelines on social distancing and community quarantine issued March 14.

READ: Trucks require permits during community quarantine

The DOTr guidelines are, in turn, in compliance to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF) Resolution No. 11 declaring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Philippines at Code Red Sub-Level 2 and placing Metro Manila under community quarantine. The resolution also suspends land and domestic air and sea travel while the quarantine is in place.

Cargoes are exempt from the travel restrictions to ensure adequate supply of goods.

It must be noted that Harbour Centre in Tondo, Manila is mentioned in the DOTr guidelines on the requirement for CEWP but is not included in PPA MC 09-2020. Santiago said Harbour Centre is a private port and its mention, as well as the names of other ports in Manila, “was only provided as an example in the DOTr guidelines.”
“What is relevant is PPA MC 09-2020,” he added.

Asked if there are other documents truckers delivering cargoes to Harbour Centre can present at checkpoints, Santiago said: “I can’t speak for the PNP who are manning the checkpoints as to what documents they will accept. But based on our arrangements with the PNP, CEWPs issued for the PPA terminal will be honored.”

Trucks passing through Metro Manila but not bringing in cargoes to Manila ports won’t be allowed entry. – Roumina Pablo

Photo courtesy of ICTSI

7 Responses to “PPA orders Manila port operators to issue cargo truck permit”

  1. Ma’am anong form po ba ang gagamitin? ung nasa port call or sa TABS po. Salamat po.

    • Please use the form provided by the terminal operator. The form we showed in PortCalls is a sample from the Philippine Ports Authority.

  2. Hi Ma’am Liza, how about po Ma’am for those containers already arrived at port but not yet release before MC 9 2020 was implemented, still we need to use CEWP? Just to clear this container at port.
    Salamat po.

  3. How can get cargo truck pass???


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