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Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:50

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Port Management Office of Zamboanga  celebrates its 40th year with a medical mission benefitting the port community and with the blessing of the newly-completed RC Wharf extension and RoRo ramps held Friday, July 11.

Founded in July 11, 1974, PPA has grown from a mere agency attached to the Ministry of Public Works and Highways (MPWH) in 1974 to a financially autonomous corporation in 1987 until the present.  Created by Presidential Decree No. 857, PPA is primarily tasked to develop, construct, maintain and operate ports and to ensure the smooth flow of waterborne commerce passing through the country’s ports.

Port Manager Liberto C. Dela Rosa says, “Hitting 40 years in service only means one thing for PPA: we are growing stronger by the year, by the decade, and we intend to be globally competitive as we develop our ports.”

The corporation’s anniversary celebration included a medical and dental outreach on July 10; thanksgiving mass and duwa-a, as well as the blessing of its newly-completed projects and a Zumba Fitness session on July 11. The newly-completed projects include the RC wharf extension and the two(2) units of RoRo ramps, which are included in the port expansion project package handled by contractor JE Manalo. Inauguration of the completed projects is set next month.

With 2014 marking its 40th year, PPA is set to undergo another major radical change in its organization, stemming from the Rationalization Plan and from the Private-Public Partnership program  of the Aquino administration. The reorganization is aimed at improving the quality of public service provided in the ports. It is expected to strengthen vital government functions, to provide more resources to fund priority programs and projects of the government, to improve service delivery, to satisfy clients of government services, and to increase morale among government employees.