To support those economically affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is slashing processing fees for all Permit To Operate (PTO) applications filed by transport service providers before the end of 2021. 

According to PPA, the reduced processing rates will be applicable in all PPA-controlled ports in the country. It will offer discounts of up to 66 percent for a one-year PTO application, a 52 percent cut for a two-year PTO application, and a 33 percent reduction for applications of up to three years.

The reduced fees are listed below: 

  • 1-year validity = Php 3, 500
  • 2-year validity = Php 5,000
  • 3-year validity = Php 7, 000

However, the processing fee for the issuance of an Accreditation Certificate will remain at Php 3,000, the agency noted.

Besides the slashing of fees, the requirements for PTO applications have also been lessened. They’re as follows: 

  • Duly filled-out application form with Omnibus Statement
  • Articles of Incorporation/Partnership (for corporate partnership) Certificate of Business Name Registration (for sole proprietorship) Certificate of Registration (for cooperative)
  • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) for existing entities
  • Proof of authorization such as secretary’s certificate (for a corporation, partnership, or cooperative) and an authorization letter signed by the Sole Proprietor (for single proprietorship).

PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the motion will be of great help to those struggling during this pandemic, especially those belonging to the transport service industry. 

“This is our gesture of cooperation and assistance to the transport service providers at our ports during these trying times,” he shared. 

“With this, we also expect to incentivize more transport service providers to comply with existing PPA rules and regulations in order to continue transacting with the ports to maximize the opportunity brought about by the run-up to Christmas,” Santiago added.

The changes are all under Administrative Order No. 06-2021 signed by Santiago on October 28, 2021.

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