A full alert status is being implemented at the port of Dumaguete City as the Philippine Ports Authority will witness a changing of the guards today.
Outgoing port manager Renato Tolinero will be replaced by Annie Lee Manese who comes from the port of Legaspi City as acting port manager, while Tolinero will assume as port manger in Nasipit, Butuan, Northern Mindanao effective February 1.
Tolinero’s assumption three years ago was marred by a strike of port workers in Dumaguete against the cargo handling operating Prudential Customs Brokerage Inc., but was resolved with the involvement of the community and the local government unit.
During his stint, Tolinero was able to complete the construction of the passenger terminal, which is considered as one of the most modern throughout the country to the tune of P55 million; completed the reclamation and port expansion project started by his predecessor in the amount of more than P400 million; had caused the allotment of P6 million for the construction of a water stopper; repair and rehabilitation of the seawall connecting the Rizal boulevard; and another P6 million is in the pipeline for the concreting of the port road from the entrance gate to the exit point.
Tolinero said he wanted her successor to pursue the establishment of a huge weighing scale at the gates of the PPA, to make sure cargoes and baggage are correctly weighed in order to prevent overloading, which is usually traced as the cause of sea tragedies.
In his last meeting with the Port Management Advisory Council, Tolinero encouraged the participation of all its members, stakeholders and port users in the development of the port.
Tolinero said he would have wanted to address the problem of the informal settlers at the port zone. He stressed, though, the PPA can only do little in this aspect without the support of the local government unit.*JG
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