The country gets a chance to be “globally recognized as a maritime power” after Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago was recently elected Vice President for Asia, South East and Oceania of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
The global alliance of ports represents 180 ports and 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries.
Altogether, IAPH handles over 60 percent of the world’s sea-borne trade and 80 percent of international container traffic.
Recognized as the only international organization representing the voice of the world port industry, IAPH has Consultative Status as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) from five United Nations (UN) specialized agencies and one intergovernmental body.
Its consultative status enables IAPH to represent and protect the interests of the global port industry at various international fora.
IAPH is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization (NGO) with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
“PPA is fully committed to working even harder and better for the Philippines to continue to be globally recognized as a maritime power,” Santiago declared.
“This is a great milestone for the agency since all the positive changes being implemented by the agency are being recognized internationally,” he noted.
In a May 13, 2021 letter signed by IAPH Secretary-General Masahiko Furuichi, PPA was informed about the result of the Voting of Confidence by the IAPH members.
The voting was done from April 12 to May 3, 2021.
“I am pleased to inform you that Mr. Jay Daniel R. Santiago, General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority, Philippines was elected as Vice President of IAPH from 2021-2023,” the letter stated.
“Voting result was duly approved by the Legal Counsellors,” according to the letter.
The development is both an opportunity and a challenge for PPA, according to Santiago.