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More opposition raised to Manila North Harbour tariff rise plan

More opposition raised to Manila North Harbour tariff rise plan
The National Center for Commuters Safety and Protection in the Philippines, has opposed port operator Manila North Harbour Port Inc's (MNHPI) plan to increase port tariffs by 37.45%, local reports said.

The NCCSPI, an umbrella organization of transport groups, has asked the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to reject MNHPI's petition due to lack of consultations with stakeholders.

Elvira Medina, president of NCCSPI, questioned MNHPI’s move which he said was already monopolizing port operations.

Medina warned that the proposed tariff adjustment would have a severe impact not only on consumer goods but also on transportation costs.

“We oppose this. It will have a heavy impact on the public, not just on cost of freight and consumer goods but also on petroleum products, which eventually will jack up transportation costs,” he said.

The commuters welfare group is the latest to oppose MNHPI’s tariff hike petition which is now pending before the PPA.