Provincial board member asks port authority to check porters’ fees

ARE porters working in piers across Cebu overcharging passengers?

Cebu Provincial Board (PB) Member Thadeo Jovito Ouano wants the Cebu Ports Authority to investigate reports that porters in Cebu piers are overcharging passengers for carrying their baggage. Ouano came up with the resolution after he received complaints from passengers, including one from Mindanao who was charged P100 per bag.

But when he verified with a shipping firm, Ouano said he was told by a porter that they only charged P2 per kilo.

Ouano urged the CPA to check the allegations and review if the fees being charged by porters are fair and reasonable.

“These standards or rules should be made known to the public or posted in an area where it can easily be seen by the passengers so that when they will questions, they can easily refer to it,” Ouano added.

Lawyer Yusoph Uckung, CPA deputy general manager, told SunStar Cebu that they have yet to receive the resolution from the PB. He urged passengers to report porters who charge excessive fees, so the CPA can cancel their IDs and keep them from entering the pier.

Based on CPA Memorandum Circular 4, the CPA reserves the right to cancel or terminate any porterage permit or contract in case of violations by the porters or their association. (JKV)
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