PPA creates Special Project Office for competition

July 11, 2013 11:45 pm 

MANILA, July 11 — To improve the country’s port competitiveness, the Philippine Ports Authority has created a Special Project Office that promotes competition and economic justice in seaborne gateways.

PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana said the SPO will be tasked to develop, oversee and manage the PPA’s strategic port planning programs.

SPO was created following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between PPA and the Office for Competition of the Dept. of Justice a week ago.

“We have created the SPO group to guarantee that we develop best practices around planning activities to ensure that PPA moves towards implementing competition as the way the Authority does port business,” Sta. Ana said at the sidelines of PPA’s 39th Anniversary Thursday.

SPO was created to support competitive strategy and objectives of PPA, maintain port competitiveness at all times and ensure that doing business at the port is made easier and more convenient.

“The group is likewise expected to optimize the use of resources on port projects, programs and issues to help realize and fulfill PPA’s port vision,” Sta. Ana said.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has directed PPA to ensure that any development arising from the PPA-OFC agreement will bring positive impact to port users and the public.

PPA Special Order No. 422-2013 dated July 8, provides for the development and implementation of a Port Competitiveness Strategy and Action Agenda for the Authority and the organization of port competitiveness units (PCUs) composed of organic staff and private sector counterparts in head office and field offices.

The group will represent the PPA in coordinating and liaising with the OFC, the National Competitiveness Council and other government agencies in developing and promoting port competitiveness action plans and make sure these plans will be implemented within 2013-2016 period.

The group is led by PPA Assistant to the General Manager for Corporate Affairs and Special Projects Hector E. Miole; PPA Strategic Planning Department Manager Amelia M. Aquino; PPA Legal Services Department Manager Atty. Hiyasmin Delos Santos; and PPA Commercial Services Department Manager Emma L. Suzara.

Other members are Venicius V. Villaseñor of PPA’s Internal Control Department; Lilian T. Javier of PPA Training Center; and all Port District Managers, who will act as the port competitiveness head in their respective units.

On July 1, 2013, the PPA and OFC signed an agreement to jointly address port congestion issues.

The MOA provides that the OFC-DOJ conduct a port sector study to look into the level of competition, port efficiency, and regulatory framework among others as well as assist PPA in the preparation of its Competitiveness Action Plan (CAP).

It likewise provides that the OFC-DOJ will have continuous knowledge and capacity building workshops and trainings to equip OFC and PPA personnel to effectively implement the CAP.

The PPA, on the other hand, is in charge of preparing the CAP that contains measures and timelines geared to enhance efficiency, transparency and competition in the port sector.

PPA will designate its personnel who will undergo capacity building, workshops and trainings with DOJ-OFC personnel.

It is likewise tasked to provide OFC with a Liaison Office inside the port area, including its administrative requirements to supervise and monitor the implementation of the agreed plans and programs.

Both parties have also agreed to meet once every quarter to monitor the progress of their respective undertakings. (PNA)

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