Shipping lines seek review of PPA’s “redundant” central ticketing system

The Philippine Inter-Island Shipping Association (PISA) is asking the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) to review a Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) order implementing a central ticketing system (CTS) which it claims is “redundant”, “impractical” and an additional cost to the riding public.

PPA Administrative Order 12-2019 was also “issued without a thorough regulatory impact assessment” and was “strongly objected” to by stakeholders, the group said.

In addition, PISA in a July 12 letter to ARTA director general Jeremiah Belgica, requested ARTA to stop PPA from bidding out an electronic terminal management system (ETMS). The group’s opposition is centered on the system’s unified electronic ticketing feature.

AO 12-2019, issued in November 2019, provides rules on the implementation of PPA’s central ticketing system, an online application procedure that will support an integrated vessel booking and payment system for roll-on/roll-off ports.

The CTS aims to serve as a real-time system with a single window for processing all transactions of government, shipping companies, port terminal operators, passenger terminal building operators, and the general public.

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