ZCIPSI mulls complaint vs PPA's 'Travellers Hub' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:37

The Zamboanga Integrated Port Services Incorporated (ZCIPSI) is studying the possibility of filing a complaint against the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for opening   the ‘Travellers Hub.’

Samuel Simon, ZCIPSI President, said that the PPA Travellers Hub, scheduled to open today, will reduce the number of passengers at the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) operated by ZCIPSI by 300 to 400, thus affecting their company’s income.

Simon explained that the ZCIPSI only earns from passenger terminal fees amounting to  P11 per passenger and rental from concessionaires inside the Passenger Terminal Building.

Simon said that they are planning to consult their legal department for possible legal action to protest the opening of the Travellers Hub.

For their part, PPA General Manager Engr Liberto dela Rosa said that the Passenger Terminal Building’s revenues will not be affected that much by the opening of the Travellers Hub because the former earns from passenger not being served by the latter.

Dela Rosa said that prior to the bidding, ZCIPSI officers were already aware of the PPA’s plan to construct the Travellers Hub for Sandakan passengers.

ZCIPSI took over the operation of the port of Zamboanga’s Passenger Terminal Building last January 16, 2016.  The Passenger Terminal Building is now headed by Jenny Piñanola and manned by around 50 to 60 personnel.

The PTB can accommodate some 3,000 passengers arriving from and departing for Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, Manila and Sandakan.

Meanwhile, the new Travellers Hub will be used by passengers bound for Sandakan.  The terminal is equipped with an x-ray, air conditioning units, chairs, a public address system, wifi, a prayer room, water fountain and closed circuit television (CCTV.)  (RGAAGo)