Automated ticketing system sa mga barko, planong ipatupad ngayong taon – PPA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020   •   218

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng gawin nang automated ang sistema ng pag-book at pagbili ng ticket para sa mga pasaherong sasakay ng barko ngayong taon, ayon sa Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Ngayong Biyernes, nagsagawa ng actual demo para sa automated ticketing system ang PPA sa Batangas at Calapan Port na kabilang sa mga pinaka-abalang pantalan sa bansa dahil sa dami ng mga pasaherong pumupunta dito.

Gamit ang isang kiosk, maaaring bumili ng ticket ang pasahero nang hindi na kailangan pang pumila sa ticketing booth at makipag-transaksiyon sa mga teller.

Kailangan lang ay sagutin ang ilang tanong sa ilalabas na form; pwede na ring bayaran sa kiosk ang ticket dahil mayroon itong slot para sa cash, coins at credit cards.

Balak rin ng PPA na gawing online ang sistema kung saan maaaring magpareserve ng tiket at upuan ang isang pasahero.

Ayon kay Jay Santiago, ang general manager ng PPA, layunin nito na gawing contactless ang port transactions sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19 at maiwasan na rin ang modus o panloloko ng iilan sa bentahan ng tiket sa mga pasahero.

“Yung normally P1,500 o P2,000, ibebenta doon sa gustong sumakay ng P7,000… so yun ang gusto natin iwasan,” ani Santiago.

Tiniyak naman ng opisyal na hindi mawawalan ng trabaho ang mga ticket seller dahil maaari naman silang tumugon sa mga katanungan o reklamo ng mga pasahero.

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Santiago na simula sa susunod na linggo ay magpapatupad na sila ng sistema sa contact tracing sa lahat ng pinangangasiwaan nilang mga pantalan.

Kailangan lamang i-download ng mga pasahero ang mobile application na Traze para magamit sa pag-trace sa mga pasaherong pumasok at lumabas sa mga pantalan.

“Ang mangyayari dito lahat ng mag-scan ay marerehistro sa system at malalaman ng system na tayong lahat ay magkakasama dito sa lugar na ito. Kung meron mang isa sa atin marereport halimbawa magpositive sa COVID-19…yung sistema mag-generate doon sa e-mail o doon sa text number mo,” ang wika ni Santiago. – RRD (mula sa uat ni Correspendent Joan Nano)

PPA opens RT-PCR testing lab for seafarers in Port Area, Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   October 6, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recently opened a new testing facility for seafarers that will cater to the testing requirements for crew-change hub ports controlled by the agency.

General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago led the formal commissioning of the new South Harbor Molecular Laboratory for seafarers at the PPA GAD Center, Port Area in Manila on Monday (October 5).

It is an RT-PCR molecular testing laboratory that has a daily testing capacity of approximately 2,000, with a 24 to 48-hour turnaround time for results. 

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade personally inspected the facility last Saturday (October 3), and even underwent a swab test himself in order to check the readiness of the laboratory.

“We want to assure na magkakaroon ng comfort ang jurisdictions kung saan natin dine-deploy ang ating mga seafarers,” Santiago said.

“Ayaw natin na magkakaroon ng pagkakataon na makapagpadala tayo ng seafarer na hindi na-test, na-process ng husto. Hindi lang seafarer ang masisira kung hindi ang buong industriya, buong pamahalaan ng Pilipinas.” he added.

In addition, the facility also provides a One-Stop-Shop to assist seafarers in their travel requirements for ease of transactions and in identifying possible isolation facilities where they may take their mandatory quarantine until the quarantine certificates are released. 

This is to ensure the safety and welfare of all inbound and outbound seafarers.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Maritime Narciso Vingson Jr., meanwhile, said the facility will  give assurance that all seafarers are coming back to their respective families safe and virus-free.

“We will ensure na bago sila makauwi sa kanilang pamilya ay sila ay COVID-free at bago sila pumunta sa trabaho, at sumampa sa barko ay healthy at COVID-free din (We will ensure that before they go home to their respective families they are COVID-free and before returning to work and boarding ships, they are healthy and COVID-free also), ” he said.

Bidding for automated ticketing system at all ports to start this year

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is eyeing to start the implementation of its automated ticketing system at all ports by next year.

In line with this, the agency announced that bidding for its Unified Electronic Ticketing System, which include automated ticketing machines, is scheduled before the end of the year.

The number of the automated ticketing machines to be installed will depend on the passenger traffic of each port terminal, the PPA said.

The unified electronic ticketing system is equipped with an electronic reservation and  ticketing assistant.

It aims to reduce human-to-human transactions in compliance with the “new normal” protocols to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The system will also provide convenience to port users; attain overall ease of doing business, and improve port processes for maritime safety and security, while providing reliable service for inter-island maritime operations.

According to PPA general manager Daniel Jay Santiago, the new online ticketing system will prevent fixers and scalpers from selling tickets at higher prices. 

This is because booking will now require a valid government-issued ID.

Meanwhile, the new system will also provide passengers faster, more convenient, and safer transactions as they can reserve, book, and pay for tickets online using their gadgets.

Passengers who have no access online can directly buy their tickets using the automated ticket vending machines to be located at all PPA-managed ports nationwide.

Santiago assured that the PPA will be closely coordinating with MARINA to ensure that the maximum number of passengers available in the online system will follow the social distancing protocols currently being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Likewise, the official said shipping companies will also benefit from the system as this will lessen their expenses and will help them in the proper filing of taxes.

Port charges waived for 2nd send off of LSIs

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is reducing port fees and charges in support of the second send-off of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) under the Hatid-Tulong program.

According to PPA’s advisory, buses and other vehicles are exempted from paying the Passenger Terminal Fee and Ro-Ro Terminal Fee while port fees and charges for Ro-Ro vessels and other sea-going vessels are reduced by P1.00.

The new policy is based on PPA Memorandum Circular No. 24-2020.

The agency expects some 4,000 LSIs, 120 buses from the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as the different vessels and Ro-Ro operators across the country will benefit from the said project.

The waiver and reduction of port charges is effective from July 25 to 26.

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