Special takeover units created for ports in Sorsogon, Negros Occidental

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  • The Philippine Ports Authority created special takeover units to operate the ports of Sorsogon and Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental
  • Sorsogon Port Services and Hinoba-an Port Services were created to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted cargo-handling and related services at the two ports
  • When there is no more need for the STU, the management and operations of the ports will be turned over to the winners of public biddings for new private cargo-handling service providers to be conducted by PPA

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has created special takeover units (STU) to operate the ports of Sorsogon and Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental.

Sorsogon Port Services (SPS), through PPA Memorandum Order (MO) No. 01-2024, and Hinoba-an Port Services (HPS), through PPA MO 02-2024, were created to ensure the continuous and uninterrupted cargo-handling and related services at the two ports.

SPS will manage and operate the cargo-handling and related services at Sorsogon port and HPS for Hinoba-an port.

The STUs, among its functions and duties, should ensure the continuous and uninterrupted cargo-handling services in a more efficient manner and collect the existing rental rates, cargo handling fees and other charges for cargo-handling services rendered.

PPA has been creating STUs over the past years to take over the operation of ports when necessary, such as when the existing cargo-handling operator’s contract has expired and no operator has been selected yet.

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The STUs will take over and operate the ports, and may bring in the minimum cargo-handling equipment required, which they may lease from the previous operators, PPA said.

When there is no more need for the STU, the management and operations of the ports will be turned over to the winners of public biddings for new private cargo-handling service providers to be conducted by PPA.