The City Council of Puerto Princesa City took the side of the shippers operating at the city port after the Philippine Ports Authority cut-short the leasing contract of the members of the Philippine Ship Liners Association (PSLA).
During its regular session, the council invited stakeholders of the port to hear their side on the termination of the lease for the container yards of the shipping liners at the port.
The PSLA, the Palawan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City Traffic Management Office presented their stand on the issue.
Arjennel Lim, president of the Puerto Princesa Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the problem was brought to their attention by Bam-Bam Severino, PSLA president seeking support for their call for an extension to the lease of their cargo yards located inside the PPA property.
Lim said they wrote the PPA enumerating the impact of the termination of the lease contract of the ship liners.
Ramon Bartolome of the CTMO said that among the problems to be caused by the termination is that their office cannot provide an alternative route, for trucks transporting cargo that will not cause any traffic congestion.
The CTMO added that the action may lead to traffic congestion in the city streets as it is “too small to accommodate such number of truck that will go in and out of the pier to transport the cargoes.”
The city council told the PPA to reconsider their directive citing that the city port is “not congested for cargo containers.”
The city council also said that “the roads are not yet ready for the said transporting of cargo containers in and out of the pier because this will result to congestion of the roads.”
“We are very much concerned of the coming situation here in Puerto Princesa if ever we will be getting out of the roads to transport our cargo containers. It will be an eyesore for the tourist to see that our roads are congested” Severino said.
The group also asked the help of the city government to look for a lot near the port to serve as its container yard.
It should be near the Bay Walk or in the Quito Area where we can transport their cargo containers without the hassle and causing a traffic on the roads of Puerto Princesa, he said.