The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said on Tuesday it has started to implement a “no permit, no service” policy for all truckers in ports nationwide.
Truckers are required to obtain a Certificate of Accreditation (CA) and Permit to Operate (PTO) before being allowed to transact at port terminals.
According to PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, the agency decided to implement the policy as “some truckers still refuse to secure the CA and PTO.”
He stressed, however, that the policy is not new. The agency has imposed the first deadline to secure CA and PTO on October 15, which was then extended to October 31, only requiring the truckers to merely file an accomplished application form and submit all pertinent documents by December 31.
A trucker applying for a three-year PTO will be given a 50-permit discount on the permit fees.
Santiago noted, however, “several truckers still refuse to comply or get operating permits from PPA for still unknown reasons.”
As of end October, only 75 percent of truckers operating in the Port of Manila complied with the requirements.
Santiago warned truckers who do not follow the schedules and rules at the terminals that they “will be slapped with hefty fines and appropriate sanctions.”
“We are warning colorum truck operators to comply with the need to have the PPA CA and PTO. Apart from being barred to transact at the port terminals, they will be meted with an appropriate sanction,” he said.