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PPA service providers must file holdover authority 2 months before contracts lapse

  • Philippine Ports Authority cargo-handling operators, passenger terminal building operators, and roll-on/roll-off service providers with contracts expiring this year should file for holdover authority two months prior to contract expiration
  • PPA Administrative Order No. 01-2021 took effect on February 15

Cargo-handling operators, passenger terminal building (PTB) operators, and roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) service providers of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) with contracts expiring this year must file for a holdover authority (HOA) two months before their contracts expire.

This directive is contained in PPA Administrative Order (AO) No. 01-2021, which took effect on February 15.

The issuance of HOA is subject to certain conditions, including whether or not operators have an outstanding financial obligation with or a pending case against PPA.

The cargo-handling operator must also have complied with requirements of government agencies such as Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Department of Labor and Employment, and submitted an updated portworkers’ retirement and separation fund.

According to AO 01-2021, the PPA general manager should be the HOA signatory.

PPA last year extended to December 31, 2020 cargo-handling service providers’ HOAs that had expired during the quarantine periods implemented due to the coronavirus disease pandemic. – Roumina Pablo

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