The Regional Ports Management Authority (RPMA) was devolved by virtue of an Presidential Executive Order No. 435 issued by then President Fidel V. Ramos and DOTC DO 97-113 to the Autonomous Regional Government (ARG), ARMM on August 28, 1997. The Regional Ports Authority (RPA) in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is under the Office the Regional Governor of ARMM. Consequently, on September 16, 2002 President Gloria M. Arroyo issued Executive order No. 125 for the enhancement of the devolved powers and functions, programs and projects of National Government Agencies to the Autonomous Region Government.
The Regional Ports Authority (RPA) under the Executive Order No. 11 signed by the Regional Governor Prof. Nur P. Misuari which was organized as an interim body and was reorganized into the Regional Ports Management Authority Strengthening it and for other purposes by amending it through Executive Order No. 2, Series of 2002, signed by then Regional Governor Parouk S. Hussin.
RPMA is one of the locally funded agencies of the ARMM and the only government - owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) of the ARMM. This is the legal basis of the existing REGIONAL PORTS MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (RPMA).
The Regional Ports Management Authority (RPMA) shall implement the declared policy of the Autonomous Regional Government to integrate with the National Port System, and shall manage, administer and operate all ports in the region, consistent with national and global safety, security and productivity standards towards the delivery of reliable and competitive maritime services, increased port demand and utilization and attainment of sustainable financial liability in consonance with its objectives.
RPMA envisions a competitive ports complemented by a well-equipped and maintained network of ports enhancing the delivery of reliably safe, efficient and effective ports services manned by professional, skilled, dedicated, motivated and client-friendly personnel.
By 2016, RPMA aims to align and be competitive with all ports in the national and regional maritime transport chain.
- To align, integrate and coordinate the planning, development, construction and operation of ports and port facilities within the ARMM territorial jurisdiction in conformity with the national port system in the country;
2. To enhance the flow of international and domestic seaborne commerce;
3. To promote regional development by providing support to sustain the growth of export and other priority industries in the region.
Powers, Functions and duties:
- To formulate in coordination with the regional development office and other regional agencies a
Comprehensive port development plan for the ARMM, in review and update the implementation of these plans;
2. To supervise, control, regulate, construct, maintain, operate, and provide the necessary facilities and services needed in all port ports within ARMM;
3. To prescribe rules and regulations, procedures and guidelines governing the establishment, construction, maintenance and operation of additional ports, both public and private within the ARMM;
4. To license, control, regulate and supervise any construction or structure within any port in the ARMM;
5. To provide services (whether on its own, by contract or otherwise) within the region and approaches thereof including but not limited to:
a. Berthing, Towing, Mooring, Moving, Slipping or Docking any vessel
b. Loading or discharging any vessel
c. Sorting, weighing, measuring or otherwise, handling goods
6. To control, regulate and supervise pilotage and the conduct of the pilots in any port within the ARMM;
7. To provide or assist in the provision of training programs and facilities for its staff or those of the port operators and users for the efficient discharge of its functions, duties and responsibilities;
8. To exercise corporate powers and police authority now vested in the Philippine Ports Authority, provided that these powers shall not extend to the areas outside the autonomous region; and
9. To perform such other functions or provide such services as maybe deemed proper and necessary to carry out and implement the provisions of the executive order.