CEBU, Philippines - To address the "alarming" level of congestion at the Cebu International Port, an official of the Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation appealed to local government units concerned to seriously revisit the ongoing truck ban.
"We strongly appeal for them to revisit the truck ban policy and seriously look into this problem," said Randy Vasquez, OPASCOR chief of finance and resource officer, describing the ban as one of the factors that contribute to the congestion.
Due to the lack of space at CIP, OPASCOR was forced to rent a space, - a 1.3-hectare lot fronting Sugbutel and another 2.2 hectare near SM City-Cebu. If combined, both spaces can accommodate at least 4,024 TEUs (20-footer container vans).
Jonathan Fernandez, OPASCOR chief for operations, said that CIP has a capacity of 7,707 TEUs, 5,411 of which are designated for imports. Currently though, there are already 5,942 container vans, more than 1,000 of which contain abandoned cargoes of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Cebu.
CEBU, Philippines - The Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation launched yesterday their multi-million brand new equipment that will make cargo-handling at the Cebu International Port more efficient and at par with the best in the industry.
OPASCOR general manager and president Tomas Riveral, in a press conference, yesterday said that better and efficient services can be expected with the acquisition of these brand new equipment.
“It is an assurance, with the new cranes, that we are ready to serve better among our clients,” Riveral said.
OPASCOR’s brand new gantry quay crane and two rubber tyred gantry cranes arrived in Cebu from China and became operational last January 11, 2013.
With this acquisition, OPASCOR can now serve two container vessels at any given time with two quay cranes assigned per vessel, thus further stabilizing OPASCOR’s productivity to the benefit of the stakeholders of the port.
ORIENTAL PORT & ALLIED SERVICES CORPORATION (OPASCOR), the first cargo handling company that is fully owned and operated by its workers, celebrates its 22nd anniversary since its founding on June 16, 1990.
Highlighting its pre-anniversary celebration held on June 13, 2012 at Grand Convention Center Cebu, was the formal turn-over of its ISO Certificate from TUV Rheinland, OPASCOR having successfullycomplied with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements.” TUV Rheinland was represented by Mark Lugay, its Business Development Officer in Cebu while the ISO Certificate was received by OPASCOR through its President & General Manager, Atty. Tomas A. Riveral, Quality Management Representative MR BartolomeLapasaran, Jr., and the rest of the members of its Board of Directors. The certification was received by OPASCOR after it successfully passed two audits by ISO Certifying Body, TUV Rheinland held on December 19, 2011 [Stage 1 Audit] and May 30-31, 2012 [Stage 2 Audit].
Certificates of Appreciation were thereafter given by OPASCOR to itsSteering Committee Members,Process Owners, Internal Quality Auditors and Document Control Officers for actively leading the efforts of securing the aforesaid certification for the company.
“OPASCOR’s undertaking to voluntarily seek ISO Certification is a testament of its commitment to improve the quality of its services and meet its customers’ requirements. We are happy to say that this worker’s enterprise is only the second cargo-handling company in the country that has obtained a certification from ISO”, said Atty. Tomas A. Riveral.
OPASCOR will hold a Thanksgiving Mass on June 16, 2012 to express its gratitude to the Almighty God for the sustenance, protection and guidance bestowed to the company and its employees in the past years and for the years to come.