Cebu Port Authority contributes P500M for COVID-19 national response

Published April 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY – The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) has contributed P500 million to the national treasury to help fund government responses against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or RA-11469, and support the implementation of the emergency measures to contain its spread and facilitate necessary assistance to cushion the impact of adverse economic disruptions due to COVID-19.

“While CPA is in charge of making sure that cargo and supply chain remains unhampered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to seek all possible means to support the national efforts and we hope that the amount we shared would be a significant contribution,” CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole said.

Miole added that the COVID-19 contribution was taken from the CPA full remittance of dividend for 2019 amounting to P419,221,179.34 and some additional contribution of P80,778,820.66 taken from the CPA 2020 allotment.

Miole went on that no passenger trips inbound and outbound Cebu have been allowed to date due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), and travel restrictions implemented by the Cebu province and other respective provinces, but the movement and delivery of cargoes and supplies continues in all CPA ports and terminals in the province.

“With 24/7 operation, the CPA is always mindful of the need for stringent security and health protocols measures consistent with the protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) and other government agencies/units,” Miole added.

The CPA also facilitated the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for all port frontliners such as surgical masks, non-contact thermometers, reusable protective glasses and polypropylene coveralls.

Procurement and installation of lavatories in strategic areas in ports were also on-going to ensure that all persons entering the port facilities would be free from any contaminants or disease.