Celso calls for summit on port management PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 July 2011 17:23

Mayor Celso Lobregat requests the conduct of a summit to ensure effective coordinative effort in the management of port operations in the city as a way of streamlining or identifying the functions of each and every agency involved in port management.

This, in view of the existence of numerous ports—both legal and unauthorized in the different coastal areas of the city that most often becomes the entry and exit points of some contraband items such
as black corrals including victims of human trafficking.

Mayor Lobregat has written Marine Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Emerson Lorenzo, who is a member of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Board, to help facilitate the conduct of a summit
to be held in Zamboanga City to tackle the issue.

The mayor noticed that there are so many agencies involved in managing port operations which make the monitoring of the different ports partly difficulty and complicating.
While the Philippine Ports Authority is the one supposed to regulate and supervise the operation of commercial ports, other agencies are also involved in the same function such as the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources including the local government and many others.
Due to lack of manpower, the PPA could not monitor the operations of all the ports. The Sangali Fishing Port is not under the PPA but under another agency.

“There has to be policy decisions made. Where does the jurisdiction of one agency end and where does the jurisdiction of the other agency begin”, the mayor said stressing that the matter requires a well-coordinated effort to ensure that all operations of ports in the city are properly monitored.

A summit, he emphasized would be one venue where such policies could be straightened and strengthened to ensure an effective and efficient management of ports in the city.
The investigation on the illegal trade of black corrals and other protected marine products at the Senate has named Zamboanga City as a transshipment of the illegal items.
The mayor believes that the existence of numerous illegal or unauthorized ports is one of the contributory factors to the problem. — Sheila Covarrubias