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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has started implementing on 1 November the “No Permit, No Service” Policy for all truckers in ports nationwide, and sternly warned colorum operators.

The PPA implements the policy as some truckers still refuse to secure a Certificate of Accreditation (CA) and a Permit to Operate (PTO).

The agency stated that the need to get operating permits is not a new requirement, adding that truckers were long advised of the policy.

The agency had imposed the first deadline to secure CA and PTO on 15 October 2021, and it was extended on 31 October 2021, only requiring the truckers to merely file an accomplished application form and submit all pertinent documents by 31 December 2021.

A trucker applying for a three-year PTO will be given a 50 percent discount on the permit fees.

However, it was learned that several truckers still refuse to comply or get operating permits from PPA for still unknown reasons. The PPA said all other service providers in the ports are required to get permits. As of the end of the 31 October deadline, 75 percent of truckers operating in the Port of Manila have already complied with the CA and PTO requirements.

The PPA has, likewise, issued a stern warning against colorum 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,” PPA General Manager Jay Santiago said.

Meanwhile, leading port operators Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) and International Container Terminals Services Inc. (ICTSI) have started implementing the policy yesterday.

The said PPA MC regarding the requirement for service providers’ accreditation was referred to by ATI in its Marketing Circular No. 1021-038 dated 28 October 2021, where it reminded that service providers in ports under PPA jurisdiction are “required to secure a PTO before they are allowed to render any service.”

ICTSI said the policy takes effect immediately at the Manila International Container Terminal.

In the latest Advisory No. 2021-1637, ICTSI reminded truckers that the policy is now implemented. As such, they will only allow truckers with CA and PTO or have a pending CA or PTO application to transact at MICT.

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