PPA officials need to explain anomalous projects in Neg. Occ.

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) officials need to explain before the House Committee on Transportation as several of their port projects and operations are believed to be anomalous.

Abang Lingkod Party List Rep. Stephen Paduano said that there is a House resolution by Cong. Giordidi Aggabao of the 4th District of Isabela for the conduct of a congressional inquiry on the PPA projects by the House Committee on Transportation chaired by Cong. Cesar Sarmiento of the District of Catanduanes.

Paduano said that PPA has a lot to explain before Congress and also to President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III for misguiding the President about the port in Aguisan, Himamaylan City.

The President was made to issue an Executive Order No. 85 declaring and delineating the Himamaylan Port Zone and placing it under the administrative jurisdiction of the PPA as the reported to the President that the port in Aguisan is one of the major and busiest ports in the country.

“How come that port became the busiest port? The road leading to it is rough and the bridge can only accommodate 12 tons and one way traffic. The government spent P108 million for that project but the operation could not compensate what has been spent by the national government,” Paduano said.

The port in Pulupandan is also a white elephant wherein the government spent more than P300 million.

Paduano also cited the P741 miilion Banago Port.

He said PPA has already implemented millions of pesos for the phase 1 and moving towards the 2nd phase which PPA eyes a budget of P426 million.

This project will dislocate a thousand families if pushed through, but PPA needs to explain first the alleged anomalous projects they have implemented in the province that apparently became white elephants.

Paduano said that even if he is not a member of the House Committee on Transportation, he will be there should a congressional inquiry is held.IMT