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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) maintains truckers and shipping lines operating within ports require accreditation to continue providing port services.

PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago said PPA is not granting the request of truckers and shipping lines for exemption from accreditation as “obviously they operate within the port.”

“They have to be accredited, they have to obtain a permit to operate (PTO),” Santiago said during a chance interview on September 30.

This developed as PPA recently granted the request of customs brokers to be exempt from Administrative Order (AO) 06-2019, which requires all port service providers to secure accreditation from the ports authority before the award of port services contract or PTO is issued.

READ: PPA requires accreditation for all port service providers

Santiago explained that customs brokers “are primarily the representatives of the consignees and they deal primarily with the Bureau of Customs… they do not operate within the port.” He noted customs brokers will only be required to seek accreditation if they hold office inside terminals.

READ: PPA rules: Licensed customs brokers exempt from accreditation

The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) and Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) earlier sought exemption from AO 06-2019 for several reasons.

CTAP, in a letter dated August 8, said it was opposed to truckers being included in the accreditation requirement because they are already complying with the regulations of many other regulatory government agencies.

PLSA, in a letter dated August 6, asked for clarification on the new order, saying it was issued without prior public consultation.

The group noted that while shipping lines, owing to the nature and peculiarity of their business, need to be within the port or pier, they are considered more as “port users availing of most of the services offered at the port rather than port services providers, per se.”

PLSA added that domestic shipping lines are already accredited by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and already applies for PTOs with PPA to be allowed within the port/pier as necessitated by their operations and type of business.

Santiago, in an interview with PortCalls on July 9, said the new accreditation policy was issued because “we need to know who are inside the port. We need to make sure na yung pumapasok dyan [those who enter there] we properly vetted them, that they are running a legitimate business, that they have a legitimate reason why they are in the port.”

He clarified that PPA will respect the certification of other port service providers with other government agencies, and will not require them to produce any new document.

AO 06-2019 covers shipping agent, shipping line, transport service/cargo forwarding/freight forwarding/hauling/trucking/shuttling/bus, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) service, ESM, bunkering, booking/ticketing offices, canteen service, cargo checking service, cargo-handling service, cargo surveying service, chandling, cleaning service, engineering contractor, container repair, communication service, equipment hire, equipment repair, fumigation, laundering, lighterage/barging service, and mooring/unmooring.

It also encompasses passenger terminal service, pilotage service, port terminal service, parking/garage service, reproduction service, shop/store, towing/tugging service, vessel repair/maintenance, waste disposal service, water supplier, water taxi, weighbridge/truck scale, and other businesses and services that may be classified by PPA as port service.

Under AO 06-2019, accreditation is valid for three years and can be used in all ports under PPA jurisdiction.

But while maintaining the need for accreditation, PPA also plans to review its regulation requiring stakeholders to secure a PTO to avoid duplication with the requirements of AO 06-2019.

The review is part of PPA’s reassessment and streamlining of all its transactions and processes in line with the implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, said Lilian Javier, PPA Port Operations and Services Department manager, during a press conference on September 23.

Javier said the port authority will be studying whether the PTO requirement can be merged with the new accreditation process under AO 06-2019. Or if the PTO will still be required, the agency will see what changes can be done depending on the requirements of the ports and their localities. – Roumina Pablo

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