MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will pursue major port projects this year in preparation for the integration of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015, PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said.
Sta. Ana said these port projects will include ports damaged by typhoon “Yolanda” in November and the modernization of the ports in Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, General Santos and Zamboanga.
"We are expected to undertake missionary port projects in support of the government's social reform agenda," he said.
The PPA is also currently simplifying its processes and reducing the processing time of its front-line transactions, and implementing its rationalization plan.
Sta. Ana said the PPA is improving its recruitment processes as well.
"This year, we are expected to introduce breakthrough changes in our policies particularly in the streamlining of our requirements, more deployment of technology-driven processes to improve the delivery of our services and reform in the modality of adjusting cargo-handling tariff and other charges and fees," he said.
Introducing reforms, Sta. Ana said, is being prioritized for the impending ASEAN economic integration by 2015.
"We have to be competitive in our facilities, processes, services and manpower skills to be able to take advantage of the immense opportunities that a single Asean Economic Community would offer," he said.