The manager of the Philippine Ports Authority-Pulupandan Port Management Office furnished the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod a draft of the Executive Order of the Office of President Benigno Aquino III involving its request for the approval of a Port Zone Delineation needed for the establishment of a public port in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City.
PPA-PMO manager Enrique Puentebaja attached the unsigned Executive Order in his letter to Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government however, said the draft is not valid and has no effect at all, having no legal standing.
“Maybe it was submitted just to show to us what will be the content of the Presidential Proclamation in case one will be issued,” he said.
The “draft” Executive Order states that the declaration and delineation of the Banago port zone is under the administrative jurisdiction of the PPA.
It said there is a need to identify and delineate the territorial area of the port of Banago under PPA for port development, supervision, administration and control of port services and operation.
It also said the Banago port is placed under the jurisdiction of the PPA which will, consistent with the regional industrial plans of the government, implement programs in the proper zoning, planning, development and utilization of the port.
The draft was included by the SP in its agenda Wednesday.
The SP had earlier referred to the committee of Distrito the request of the PPA asking for a legislative endorsement for the Port Delineation Zone.
It also referred to the Committee on Laws and to the Committee on Transportation and Traffic the letter of BREDCO president Simplicio Palanca opposing the Banago Port Development.*CGS