The ports of Batangas and Cagayan de Oro were recently conferred with the Green Port Award System (GPAS) award by the APEC Port Services Network in Singapore.
The honors prompted the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to step up “green port” initiatives at all ports nationwide to improve environmental awareness and increase the understanding of green port development strategy.
The GPAS program is an evaluation system for ports in the APEC region that aims to achieve balance between economic development and environmental protection in the APEC ports community.
It also seeks to promote sustainable development of ports in the APEC region and protect the port environment for the benefit of the entire APEC community.
Its programs contribute to the harmonization of regulations and improve interoperability of green port systems in the APEC region and establish an APEC green port performance benchmark based on this program as well as share best practices and encourage mutual assistance among APEC ports.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said the twin awards are testaments to the agency’s initiatives towards environmental protection through the reduction of carbon footprints in its port operations.
“We are slowly reaping the benefits of our hard work, particularly in complying with the stringent requirements on environmental management and occupational safety and health,” Santiago said.
“With the 25 Port Management Offices including Batangas and CdO almost fully certified on Quality Management System, Environmental Management System and Occupation Safety and Health System, we expect similar awards in the future for all our ports,” Santiago added.
“Rest assured that the PPA is fully committed to environmental protection and sustainable port operations.”
Batangas and Cagayan de Oro ports, meanwhile, are Certified to ISO 9001:2008 and recognized for their implementation of the Port Safety, Health and Environmental Management System. The two ports are now slowly migrating to the Integrated Management System fusing in three international standards, namely: ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management System and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Safety and Health, to further solidify their quality, safety, health and environmental policies and commitment to the protection of the environment, provision of safe and healthy working conditions and improved quality of port operations and services.