The Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro represented by its Port Services Division Manager, Ms. Ruby Maria O. Gumapon, takes part in the formulation of the PPA Port Environmental Code (PPEC) as one of the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG).

The PPEC shall serve as an instrument to effectively implement international and local environmental regulations, and effectively promote integrated and sustainable port operations/development and further ensure PPA global competitiveness, in line with the PPA’s Vision and Strategy Map.  PPEC shall be developed, reviewed, and updated to continually improve the PPA Orange Book

The TWG is tasked to conduct inventory of national and international statutory regulations, convention agreements on environmental management which concerns port operations and all PPA issuances on environmental management, among other functions.

The TWG members convened on 26 May 2021 for the levelling off. During the said meeting, the Group decided to create sub-groups for the inventory of statutory and regulatory requirements related to air, land, and marine environment, and other concerns such as green technology. PSD Manager Gumapon was assigned under the Marine sub-group.

The body also concurred to add more members to carry out the functions. To that, PSDM recommended to include the MO/C’s Environmental Specialist, Core D. Suan to be one of the additional members under the Marine sub-group.

The PMO’s Environmental Specialist represented the PMO to the 73rd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee held in International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters, London on 23-27 October 2018. In the said event, the PMO was one of the members of the Working Group that drafted the Action Plan to address marine plastic litter from ships.

The PPEC is targeted to be completed and presented to the Top Management and PPA Board for approval not later than November 2021.