Masunurin! PPA starts review of operations as it heeds Bautista’s order to reduce shipping and travel costs

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has assured its compliance to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista’s directive to pare down logistics and travel costs.

“Our first order of business is to comply with the directive of the DOTr to lower travel and shipping costs,” PPA officer in charge-general manager Manuel Boholano said

The PPA said it has already started the review of its operations which include statutory and regulatory costs as well as indirect costs related to the efficiency and productivity of the ports.

Any possible reduction in port-related costs shall be on top of the existing policies being implemented like the exemptions of students, senior citizens, differently-abled persons, uniformed personnel, and medal of valor awardees and their first-degree kin in the payment of passenger terminal fees in all PPA-controlled ports

PPA has also vowed to continue with its infrastructure modernization and improvement to further provide shippers, regular sea-going public, and tourists comfort and convenience while inside the ports.

NGO blames drop in aquaculture production on PAP imports ban

Tugon Kabuhayan, a nongovernment organization advocating for food security and sustainable food production, has blamed the decline in aquaculture production in the second quarter on the import ban on processed animal proteins (PAPs) which was recently lifted by the Department of Agriculture.