PPA Gen Manager orders stop on illegal wharf ops Print
Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:09

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Atty Jay Daniel Santiago has ordered Zamboanga PPA personnel to put a stop to the operation of illegal wharfs in the city.

Santiago made the statement during a press conference in line with his visit to the local seaport yesterday.

Santiago ordered PPA personnel to conduct an immediate inventory of all existing wharfs and do whatever is necessary to stop the operation of illegal structures.

“Kung ang pier at finger wharfs ay hindi dumaan sa proseso at ito ay ilegal makakaasa kayo.  Inaatasan ko ang ating Port Manager at Legal Department sa PPA at Port Police in corrdination with the Philippine Coast Guard na simulan ang imbentaryo sa immediate vicinity at gawin lahat ng paraan para mapatigil ang illegal na structures na yan,” said Santiago.

The PPA is mandated to regulate the operation of piers in the country except piers under the management of the Special Economic Zones and the Autonomous regions.

Santiago explained that private individuals who want to establish piers should also seek PPA approval.

“Kasama sa regulatory power ng PPA, constant minomonitor natin itong ongoing construction na ito dahil hindi naman ito sumusulpot overnight.  Kasama diyan policing ng ilegal structure and unregulated structure. Titignan natin kung itong mga finger wharfs na ating sinasabi ay illegal,” said Santiago.

PPA personnel who are directed to conduct the inventory will also check on the uses of the private wharfs and reasons why the owners failed to secure the requisite permit from the PPA.

“Pero yun pasilidad na walang commercial justification or nandoon lang, lalo na malaman natin ito ay ginagamit sa illegal na gawain, siguradong kailangan ipasara at ipasasara natin ang mga ito,”  Santiago said.  (RGAAGo)