PPA adopts new access control policy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:58

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announces that there are currently no regular trips for passenger vessels at the Zamboanga Baseport, as only cargo vessels are allowed to arrive and depart at the city port’s piers.

Port Manager Engr. Liberto C. Dela Rosa emphasizes the fact that PPA is dependent upon the discretion of the Crisis Committee and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in allowing the resumption of regular trips.

Dela Rosa says, “The safety and security of the public, in both the points of origin and destination, is highly considered in this regard. We simply cannot allow passenger vessels to leave and to dock in the height of this unfortunate crisis. The alert level is high, and it is only logical that we reduce security risks in all aspects.”

PPA and PCG will announce the resumption of regular trips of passenger vessels for the public once the city port will be fully operational.

Meanwhile, PPA will adopt a new port access control policy if and when port operations will resume regularly. Only passengers are allowed to access the Corcuera Street entrance gate, while only cargo vehicles are allowed to access the R.T. Lim Boulevard entrance gate.  Private vehicles ferrying passengers will no longer be allowed to enter the R.T. Lim Boulevard access point.

Most importantly, PPA’s Port Police and PCG personnel will strictly implement the “No ID, No Entry” policy in both access points wherein port clients and passengers will have to present proper identification to be granted entry into the port premises. Inspection of persons and baggage will be mandatory. In cases wherein passengers or port users fail to present any ID they will be advised to proceed to the Philippine National Police (PNP) kiosk stationed near the entrance gate for processing.

The new port access policy is adopted in the wake of the Zamboanga City crisis, and is expected to significantly reduce security risks.