PSAA inducts 2024 officers

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Newly-inducted board and officers of Philippine Ship Agents Association with Senator Risa Hontiveros during their induction ceremony on December 5.
  • The Philippine Ship Agents Association (PSAA) inducted its set of officers and directors for 2024, with Joselito Ilagan in his fourth term as president
  • Majority of PSAA’s officers and directors were re-elected for the new term, with the re-entry of Petro-bulk Maritime Services, Inc.’s Raoul Michale Viray, Jr. as director
  • The 2024 officers and board of directors were inducted on December 5 by Senator Risa Hontiveros
  • Ilagan said PSAA is looking forward to a “more positive” 2024 while continuing to be a relevant partner of the government in developing the shipping and maritime industry

The Philippine Ship Agents Association (PSAA) recently inducted its set of officers and directors for 2024 with Joselito Ilagan in his fourth term as president.

The majority of officers and directors were re-elected for the new term, with the re-entry of Petro-bulk Maritime Services, Inc.’s Raoul Michale Viray, Jr. as director.

They were sworn in on December 5, with Senator Risa Hontiveros overseeing the induction ceremony.

Re-elected officers are vice president for internal affairs Walter Coronel (Monson Philippines, Inc.); vice president for external affairs Leo Philip Buñag (Mizzen Shipping Enterprises, Inc.); secretary Ricardo Jamandre (Swen Logistics and Shipping Agency, Inc.); and treasurer German Bonifacio, Jr. (Nautilus Phils. Shipping Agency Services, Inc.).

Re-elected directors are Antonio C. Calingo, Jr. (Wallem Philippines Shipping, Inc.); Daniel R. Alampay (Baliwag Shipping Agency, Inc.); Brian Walton S. Salonga (RCS Shipping Agencies, Inc.); Alfredo Hernandez (Seabridge Port Agencies Corp.); Dante A. Romano (Seaway Filipinas Logistics, Inc.); Patrick Ronas (Mstar Ship Agencies, Inc.); Russell R. More (NMC Ship Agency & Brokerage, Inc.); Romel Y. Carmelotes (COSCO Shipping Lines [Phils.], Inc.); and Virginia C Madlang-Awa (Doña Virginia Maritima Corp.)

Reflecting on the challenges faced in the past year, Ilagan expressed optimism for a “more positive” 2024. He emphasized the association’s commitment to being a valuable partner for the government in advancing the shipping and maritime industry.

“Our economy is also growing despite all these challenges. And so we believe that it’s going to be a good year next year. But we will not be…exempted from all these difficulties and challenges. We just have to, you know, really focus on what we are doing and strive very hard to…create more ways to be able to improve our services, especially to our principals,” Ilagan told PortCalls in an interview at the sidelines of the induction ceremony.

Ilagan said one of PSAA’s main advocacies for the upcoming year is improving the industry’s competitiveness, particularly in cost reduction, given the persistently high rates in the country. The association also aspires to expand its membership base.

Founded 49 years ago, PSAA currently represents a membership of 44 ship agents. – Roumina Pablo

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