Special takeover unit for Nasugbu port created

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Special takeover unit for Nasugbu port created
Nasugbu port. Screengrab from Philippine Ports Authority-Port Management Office of Batangas.
  • The Philippine Ports Authority created a special takeover unit operate and manage cargo-handling and other services at Nasugbu port in Batangas
  • The Nasugbu Port Services will ensure continuous and uninterrupted delivery of cargo-handling operations at Nasugbu port

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has created a special takeover unit (STU) to operate and manage cargo-handling and other services at Nasugbu port in Batangas.

PPA Memorandum Order (MO) No. 015-2023 dated August 30 established the Nasugbu Port Services (NPS) to ensure continuous and uninterrupted delivery of cargo-handling operations at Nasugbu port.

STUs are created for ports without cargo-handling and terminal operators due to the expiration of contract of the operator or when a new operator is being awaited.

READ: PPA special takeover units as interim operators of unmanaged ports

Nasugbu port, located in Brgy. Wawa, caters to passengers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes.

According to PPA, Nasugbu port’s average annual cargo volume is more than 20,000 metric tons (mt), estimated to reach 31,135 mt by 2024. Passenger traffic is seen growing 2.5% each year from 2022 to 2024 to reach 62,135 passengers by 2024.

NPS will be under the management, supervision, and control of the port manager of PPA port management office of Batangas and to be complemented by PPA officials and employees as may be designated by the PPA general manager.

When the STU is no longer needed, the management and operation of ports will be turned over to the new operator that won the public bidding.

This year alone, STUs to operate the ports of Palompon in Leyte, Mabila in Sarangani, Borongan in Eastern Samar, and Nara in Palawan, and the passenger terminal building (PTB) of San Carlos port in Negros Occidental, and PTB of San Isidro port in Northern Samar were created.