By Junex Doronio
November 20, 2022
CEBU CITY — Citing the crippling effects of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on businesses and the likely oil price increases due to the continuing Ukraine-Russia conflict, the Philippine Coastwise Shipping Association (PCSA) has asked Cebuano lawmakers to help them regulate the “inhuman” stevedoring rates.
It was gathered that general cargo shipment rates are now at P489 (palletized) and P543 (non-palletized) from P12.75 (palletized) and P18.10 (non-palletized) per cubic meter or metric tons.
On the other hand, consumer goods (rice, corn, flour, sugar, milk) rates are now at P117 (palletized) and P130 (non-palletized) from P12.75 (palletized) and P18.10 (non-palletized) per cubic meter or metric tons.
PCSA said stevedoring charges are fees collected for loading and stowing or unloading a ship.
On Friday, November 18, PCSA leaders met with some congressmen to relay their concerns.
Deputy Speaker Rep. Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco of Cebu’s 5th District; Sandro Gonzalez, 1st Rep. of Marino Party-list, Ron Salo of the Kabayan Party-list, and Rep. Edu Rama of Cebu City’s 2nd District asked the PCSA for their supporting documents.
They promised to craft a resolution to regulate the rates, if really needed. (AI/MTVN)