By: Sarina Joy Odivilas & Irish Cañada
USJ-R LiaCom Interns
August 31, 2012 - CPA general manager, Engr. Dennis R. Villamor, breaks new grounds as he delivered the first-ever State of the Port Address to an audience composed of representatives from the shipping lines, cargo handling service providers, members of the Cebu Port Commission and CPA employess at the Social Hall of the CPA administration building.
The GM’s speech discussed, among others, the prospects of exploring new possibilities geared toward improving CPA’s efficiency and transparency in public service. He assured port users that the Authority is embarking on new undertakings to make the Cebu Port a premium port in the country.
To discuss in detail the CPA’s accomplishments, plans and programs, GM Villamor handed the audience over to Atty. Yusop J. Uckung, Acting Deputy General Manager, who reported on CPA’s port services, international linkages and affiliations with other ports in Asia.
According to Atty. Uckung, the CPA has been doing all it can to give the public the quality service it deserves through port developments projects and security enhancements.
Among the milestones of CPA were the creation of online information dissemination and customer feedback mechanisms through its official website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the “You Are the Boss!” hotline. Through these internet-supported facilities, port users and the general public are now able to keep abreast with the latest developments in the agency and reach management for their port-related concerns.
As regards financial standing, the CPA posted a revenue of Php 400.46 million as of June 2012, climbing 10% higher over that of last year’s performance.
Atty. Uckung said that ongoing projects are projected to be fully realized before the end of 2012. Among these projects are the:
- Provision of portable toilets in strategic areas of the port
- Installation of CCTV cameras at the port gates, passenger terminals and key operational areas
- Establishment of emergency response stations at the ports
- Dredging of CIP berths
- Megaports project
- Gender and development projects.
Even with the above projects, Atty. Uckung said that CPA continues to explore more ways of enhancing port operations such as the possibility of installing a Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) to aid the harbor pilot in the entry and exit of vessels; a mass transport system at the Cebu Baseport; a separate passenger terminal for Manila-bound vessels; an enhanced port lighting system; electronic gate control; computerized business transactions (e-commerce); rehabilitation and renovation of passenger terminal buildings; and the commercial and cultural development of the Compaña Maritima building and its surrounding areas.