Some thoughts on the AFP Modernization Program

Only very recently, President Obama said China must adhere to international law for the sake of peace and stability in the South China Sea (Vietnam) and the West Philippine Sea (RP). The Pacifi c Area Command head, Admiral Harry Harris, referred to the aggressive reclamation work by China on the reefs as a “Great Wall of Sand”. These artificial islands pose a threat to free passage of maritime traffic on very busy sea lanes and allow Beijing to project power into the maritime heart of South East Asia.


AFP 2015 Modernization - Incoming AssetsUnited States Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Sub- Committee on Asia and also the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Terrorism wrote Secretary of the Navy Roy Mabus on November 29, 2011 calling for increased US-Philippine maritime security cooperation stating “As US Military vessels are decommissioned, I ask that you give utmost consideration to transferring them to the Philippines. I believe that the RP, through virtue of the treaty alliance with the US and its major non-NATO ally status as well as US interest in seeing the freedom of navigation upheld in the South China Sea should be given top priority as materiel becomes available.”

Benefits of port connector road too many to ignore, says PCCI

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is asking the government to approve the pro-
posed elevated expressway project that will connect the Port of Manila to the Skyway Stage 3 project, say-
ing it will ease traffi c, lower delivery costs, cut travel time, and prevent a repeat of the port congestion.

PCCI president Alfredo Yao, in a letter to the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on July 9, said the proposed elevated expressway will giver 24/7 access top trucks and other vehicles traveling along the stretch of North Boulevard and Road -10 to the Skyway Stage 3 project.

The port connector road is also seen to ease traffic going to and from the Port of Manila and help spare consumers, exporters, and importers from the high cost of deliveries.

The P26-billion Skyway Stage 3, an ongoing public-private partnership (PPP) construction started by Citta Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) on February 17, will connect North and South Luzon expressways from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Caloocan City.  The CCEC, the tandem of San Miguel Corporation and Citta Group of
Companies, is also supporting the elevated expressway project.

The Maritime Breakfast Forum 100, 101 and 102…

On March 20, 2015, the MBF marked its 100th forum, a milestone hosted by VADM. Jesus Millan and RADM. Ronald Mercado, and held at the Philippine Navy Headquarters. The 100th, 101st and 102nd MBF Fora discussed at length, among others, China’s dredging, reclamation, and construction activities in the disputed islands located in the West Philippine Sea.Illegal Chinese Activities in the West Philippine Sea

FAME recognizes JX Ocean Co. Ltd. for contribution to the Ph manning industry

JX Ocean Co. Ltd. Recognized by FAMEJX Ocean Co. Ltd garners yet another recognition. Fiipino Association for Mariner’s Employment Inc. (FAME), as part of their 40th Anniversary’s Culminating Activity, decided to recognize institutions that have shaped the Shipping Industry through their various contributions.

JX was commended for not only their continuous patronage of Filipino Seafarer’s, but also their extra-ordinary contribution and investment on the industry.

Ph loses bid for IMO Sec Gen

Adm Maximo Mejia JrIt was a heartbreaking moment, losing out in a hotly-contested election for Secretary General of the London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) last June 30, 2015 in London. The drama started in Philippine media when it was reported that Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Maximo Q Mejia Jr was among six people hoping to become the International Maritime Organization’s next secretary-general.

The IMO released the names of the six candidates on 1 April.

Aside from Mejia, the other five candidates were Cyprus’ acting director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, Andreas Chrysostomou; Danish Maritime Authority’s director-general, Andreas Nordseth; Russia’s deputy director of the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, VitalyKlyuev; South Korea’s Ki-Tack Lim, the president of the Port of Busan Authority; and Kenya’s IMO representative, Juvenal Shiundu.

Philippine Ports Authority Marks 41st Founding Anniversary

PPA 41st Founding AnniversaryTaking off from its milestone last year, the Philippine Ports Authority is looking at sustaining the pace it has adopted as it slowly transforms Philippine ports to world standards.

As it celebrates its 41st Founding Anniversary with the theme “Magkabalikat sa Pagsulong ng Ating Adhikain on 11 July 2015, PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana is encouraging the PPA Senior and Junior Executives to make a “one big push for 2015” and again try to find ways of providing excellent port services which correspondingly would result to increased customer satisfaction, port productivity and efficiency, and higher income for the organization.

The PPA Chief said that 2015 is another year for everyone to recharge and start a new and hopefully all extra effort that would create a multiplying effect to the country’s progress and growth and help the current administration leave a good legacy in terms of port operations.


PPA upgrades crane operation in gateway ports

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is improving the cargo handling capacity of three gateway ports in preparation for the expected influx of cargoes from its Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) neighbors brought about by the implementation of the Asean Economic Community at the end of the year.

Philippine Port OperationsPPA said the existing crane capacity of the three ports are not enough to handle the forecasted volume of cargo that will be brought about by the Asean Economic Community that will be implemented by the end of this year.

PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana said the projects are set to be implemented in the next couple of weeks at the ports of Iloilo, Zamboanga and General Santos.

“These gateway ports handles a considerable volume of containerized cargoes, hence, require efficient quay crane operations in preparation for the AEC implementation,” Sta. Ana explained.

ICTSI Laguna dry port expands facilities for containers

LGICT Ground BreakingInternational Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) dry port unit, Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT), recently broke ground to start the expansion of new facilities which include extended and dedicated storage areas for loaded and empty containers, a runway for rubber tired gantries (RTG), container care facilities, weigh bridges at the gates and an upgraded access road, as it primes the Laguna dry port for the revival of intermodal freight transport in the Philippines.