By Noreen Jazul
A joint memorandum circular has been drafted to cut the time of shipment processing from 53 days to seven days, an official of the Philippine Ports Authority said on Wednesday.
The PPA, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Bureau of Customs, crafted the circular to ease ports congestion.
“Fina-finalize na po ‘yung joint memorandum circular…at ni re-rereview na po ng Department of Finance and Bureau of Customs. Sana madaliin na po natin, para masolusyunan na po ‘tong problema natin sa pantalan,” PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago told DZMM on Wednesday.
(We are finalizing the joint memorandum circular and it’s being reviewed by the Department of Finance and Bureau of Customs. I hope they will fast-track the approval of the circular for us to finally solve the congestion problem in the ports.)
Santiago said the DTI has also been coordinating with the shipping lines, truckers, and customs brokers to “relax” the requirements for cargo shipments.
“Karamihan po diyan ng requirements, pormalidad lang eh,” Santiago said. (Most of the requirements are just for formality.)
Santiago said the utilization rate at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) is currently at 96% to 98%, since the implementation of the community and enhanced community quarantine.
Normally, the utilization rate of MICP is just 70%, according to Santiago.
“Sa normal na operasyon, tumatanggap po ang MICP ng 4,000 na containers. Dapat ‘yan [pag may] 4,000 na container na pumasok, makapaglabas din ng 4,000,” Santiago said.
“Sa pantalan po ngayon, naglalaro lang sa 40% ang nakakalabas na kargamento, 60% po ay naiiwan,” he added. (The amount of cargoes being shipped out is roughly at 40%, 60% are stuck in the port.)
Santiago said there are various reasons as to why the number of containers at the MICP is not decreasing.
“Ang sinasabi po ng ating stakeholders, mga consignees and importers, nahihirapan po sila ilabas yung kargamento nila dahil di po nakakapasok yung kanilang tauhan, sarado yung warehouse, sarado ‘yung factory,” he said.
(According to our stakeholders, the consignees and importers, they are having a hard time to ship out their cargoes because they lack workforce, and warehouses and factories are closed.)