Over 1,000 LSIs homebound after weeks of waiting

Maris Federez   •   July 19, 2020   •   697

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has confirmed the departure of locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Bacolod and Iloilo after more than three weeks of waiting.

This, after the moratorium on the acceptance of LSIs was formally lifted on 15 July 2020 by the authorities of Region 6, the PPA said.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the PPA reported that a total of 1,092 passengers had been sent on their way to their home provinces onboard M/V St. Therese of the Child Jesus that left Metro Manila late Thursday night (July 16).

The ports agency also reported that around 174 LSIs out of the 1,092 passengers have stayed at the Port Management Office (PMO) NCR-North Annex Building; while 44 passengers, composed of women and children, were accommodated by the Manila North Harbor Port Inc. (MNHPI) at the Passenger Terminal Building Arrival Area.

“The PPA, through PPA PMO NCR-North led by PM Annie Lee F. Manese, extends its deepest appreciation to the San Miguel Corporation and Mr. Ramon S. Ang for covering the meals of the LSIs during their stay at the Manila North Harbor as well as to the assistance given by the Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Coast Guard, MNHPI, and 2GO Group,” the statement further read. —/mbmf

Typhoon Jolina halts Manila ports operations — PPA

Maris Federez   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the Manila South Harbor (MSH) suspended their operations on Wednesday, September 8, according to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The two container ports released separate advisories of the suspension of operations after wind signal no.2 of Typhoon Jolina was hoisted over Metro Manila on Tuesday night.

The suspension of operations took effect Wednesday morning.

The MICT said its 24-hour ACTS online payment facility, however, remains open for the processing of transactions regarding the suspension.

The MSH, on the other hand, said the terminal gates will remain open to accept laden export container drop-off and import container pick-ups.

The MCIT and MSH advise their clients to wait for announcements on the resumption of port operations which will depend on the country’s weather condition, the PPA said. —/mbmf

400 pasaherong stranded sa Pio Duran Port pinayagan nang makapasok sa Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Pinahintulutan na ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Masbate na makapasok sa probinsya ang 400 pasahero na apat na araw nang stranded sa Pio Duran port sa Albay dahil sa “no vaccine, no entry policy”.

Sa halip na pababalikin ang mga ito sa kanilang pinanggalingan ay isasailalim na lang sila sa antigen swab test ng local government unit (LGU) bago pasakayin ng barko.

Kinuha na rin ang kanilang mga pangalan at uuwiang LGU para sa proper coordination.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, ito na ang huling beses na papayagang nilang makauwi ang mga locally stranded individuals (LSI) na hindi pa bakunado.

Sa susunod na may magtatangkang papasok sa lalawigan na walang bakuna at sapat na dokumento ay sasampahan na ng kaso.

Ayon pa kay Masbate Governor Antonio Kho, layon ng “no vaccine, no entry policy” na hindi na makakalusot sa checkpoint ang mga colorum na sasakayan na namemeke ng mga dokumento.

“There is an increase in transmission of COVID-19 in the province of Masbate because of this colorum van that enters and fabricates documents,” aniya.

PPA warns of delays in cargo shipments as China ports partially close due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has warned Philippine-based importers and exporters to make the necessary operational adjustments as several ports in China will partially close due to COVID-19.

On Wednesday (August 18), the PPA said early preparation is key to reduce the negative impact of the delays in their overall daily operations.

The PPA reported that several ports including Ningbo Port, the world’s third-largest container port, continue to shut their terminals for the 7th straight day due to the virus, particularly the Delta variant.

“We need to prepare. Eventually, the delays in cargo shipments will catch up with us due to the congestion being experienced in these transshipment ports,” PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said.

The Philippine major port gateways, meanwhile, are currently operating under optimum conditions and way below the threshold level of utilization set at 75%.

The PPA also assured that the Manila International Container Terminal and the Manila South Harbor, which handle 85% of the country’s foreign trade volume, are operating under normal conditions.

“PPA assures the shippers that Philippine ports, can handle the bulk of the delayed shipments when conditions at the transshipment ports start to normalize,” Santiago said. AAC

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