Cotabato City, November 20, 2014. The Regional Ports Management Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPMA-ARMM), the only government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) in the region, marked its 17th founding anniversary on September 12 and post-celebrated on November 20 this year. More than a hundred port officials and employees, including the cargo handling operators from the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi(BaSulTa) provinces and personnel from the regional office have attended the event.
In a speech delivered by General Manager, Hanie A. Bud during the post-celebration at Al-Nor Hotel & Convention Center, Cotabato City stated, ‘In a span of four (4) years from 2010, the Authority committed to adhere to the Reform Agenda of the Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman. Alhamdullillah! By joining our hands together to strengthen our stake, we were able to achieve remarkable accomplishments and contribution of the Authority to the Treasury of the ARMM. A record-breaking of 56 % increase of remittance at Ph12.3M (2014) compared to last year.’
GM Bud said, ‘We have improved our port facilities and attempted to align to national and convention standards as ports security compliant. We are happy to inform you that your General Manager, along with the 2 Assistant General Managers, had a historic signing of Memorandum of Agreement along with other port authorities between the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) on November 4, 2014 at Bayfront Hotel Cebu City ~that the Authority is an International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Compliant to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), including the National Security Program for Sea Port Transportation and Maritime Infrastructure (NSPSTMI) to ensure the preparation of Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) in each port facilities within its jurisdiction, submission of Statement of Compliance of Port Facility (SoCPF) as strict requirement duly issued by the OTS prior to the issuance of permit to operate a port facility to guarantee continued operations in accordance with state and international laws; and further form part of the port rules and regulations of the Authority within the autonomous region.’
GM Bud further said, ‘With these premises, together, we celebrate the defeats and victories of RPMA. That together, we share that we have adhered to the reform agenda of the current administration of the ARMM under the Hon. Mujiv’s leadership examples.’
‘It is our pleasure to have served our port users, business sector and cargo/shipping lines within the autonomous region. Together, we celebrate the victories and historic gains of the Authority. Let’s Journey Together for a New Beginning. Shukran!’, GM Bud concluded.
On the other hand, Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, Executive Secretary of ARMM Government, who graced the event in lieu of the Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman, praised the performance of the ARMM sea ports Authority and disclosed its top milestones. She observed that the RPMA-ARMM had a systemic remittance of port revenues. ‘Because it’s systemic which means strictly imposing 100% port revenue remittance this resulted to contributing Ph12M to the Bureau of Treasury in AMM’, Atty. Alamia said. ‘This is the first-time and it is a record-breaking that RPMA has remitted Ph12M since 2010.’ she emphasized. She also highlighted that the Authority had convened the Governing Board. She was happy to observe that the Governing Board had been very active and supportive to the programs and services of the Authority. She said that she also noticed that RPMA’s reports highlighted that it has maximized port revenues via small scale port infrastructure/facility improvements in all major ports and sub-ports in region. More observations that the RPMA streamlined its personnel organizational structure, established capacity building programs/services, completed its Manual of Operations, and established coordination mechanism with Locally Funded (LF) agencies in support to the reform agenda of the ARMM. Atty. Alamia highly emphasized that all major ports and sub-ports under RPMA jurisdiction had received ISPS certificate of compliance. ‘It is like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) which recently received an ISO certificate. So the ISPS is like the ISO certificate, with that congratulations to all of you!’, she concluded.
Citations such as plaques of appreciation for identified partner agencies and leadership excellence awards were given during the occasion. As part of the celebration, the port management offices (PMOs), modern passengers terminal building supervising offices (MPTBs), and cargo-handling operators (CHOs) coming from the BaSulTa provinces presented and featured cultural expressions: dance dramaturgy and songs for competition and solidarity.
Hence, RPMA @17th and Beyond…A Journey to a New Beginning!