Dapat lang! Erap wants share from Manila ports’ income

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Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is calling on Congress to enact a law that would require the state-owned corporation Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to share its income with the city government.

Estrada said it is high time the city receives at least a percentage of the multi-billion peso revenues of PPA, particularly from the operations of Manila North and South harbors as well as the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).

“Together with our congressmen, we are working out a system on how we can get a slice of the pie because itong Manila port, ang laki, billions ang kita ng PPA, pero walang nakukuha ang City of
Manila,” the Manila mayor said.

“We want a law para magkaroon ng share ang city of Manila. ‘Yan ang nilalaban natin,” Estrada stressed, adding that the prospective income will be used to finance housing projects for the city’s poor residents.

Unlike other port cities abroad like Yokohama City in Japan which earns huge revenues from co-managing the Port of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, Manila, as the host city of the Port of Manila, does not receive a single centavo from the PPA.

Even Cebu City, Estrada said, receives a share from the Cebu Ports Authority which operates the Port of Cebu.

“Ang Cebu City na lang, may bagong port, ang laki ng income ng city,” lamented the former president.