ICTSI posts record pro­duc­tiv­ity, cites top per­form­ing equip­ment op­er­a­tors

Manila Bulletin - - Shipping Bulletin -

In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Ser­vices, Inc. (ICTSI) posted record pro­duc­tiv­ity at its flag­ship Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (MICT) in the Philip­pines for Au­gust and Septem­ber with equip­ment op­er­a­tors achiev­ing their monthly tar­gets.

The MICT posted an in­crease in berth pro­duc­tiv­ity of 22 per­cent and 13 per­cent in Au­gust and Septem­ber, re­spec­tively. With ter­mi­nal man­power de­liv­er­ing op­ti­mal per­for­mance, ICTSI fur­ther im­proved its ex­ist­ing em­ployee mo­ti­va­tion and care pro­gram to in­clude ci­ta­tions for its most pro­duc­tive equip­ment op­er­a­tors.

“Man­age­ment ac­knowl­edges the ex­cel­lent work our prime mover, quay crane, rub­ber tired gantry, and stacker op­er­a­tors have put in to reach high berth pro­duc­tiv­ity. As early as 2000, we have been re­ward­ing our op­er­a­tors and, as a re­sult, ICTSI en­joys a very low turnover rate,” says Jay Valdez, MICT op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor.

“Ev­ery time we meet our monthly tar­get, we give spe­cial ci­ta­tions to the 10 most pro­duc­tive op­er­a­tors per equip­ment cat­e­gory, a sim­ple way to thank them for their hard­work and ded­i­ca­tion to en­sur­ing MICT op­er­ates with max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency. More im­por­tantly, th­ese in­di­vid­u­als serve as role mod­els for their col­leagues to em­u­late,” he adds.

For Au­gust, the most pro­duc­tive equip­ment op­er­a­tors were Jer­win Arce, prime mover (PM); Rolando Baysa, reach stacker and side lifter (RS/SL); Romeo Ale­jan­dro, rub­ber tired gantry (RTG); and Jose Dag­pin, quay crane (QC); and for Septem­ber, Arthur Be­lano (PM); Mel­chor Peli­azar (QC); Archimeyes Con­cor­dia (RTG); and Roy Echevarra (RS/SL).

“As an in­clu­sive busi­ness, ICTSI re­mains com­mit­ted to the safety and wel­fare of our equip­ment op­er­a­tors. They put them­selves at risk op­er­at­ing th­ese mas­sive ma­chines, and it is but proper that we look af­ter their safety and wel­fare,” says Chris­tian Gon­za­lez, ICTSI se­nior vice pres­i­dent and head of Asia Pa­cific and MICT.

“More than the recog­ni­tion, we make our equip­ment op­er­a­tors re­al­ize that they are key in driv­ing the Philip­pine econ­omy. ICTSI man­age­ment and la­bor work hand in hand in help­ing this coun­try grow fur­ther. We also cas­cade the same la­bor strate­gies and share the same global stan­dards and best prac­tices to our global port­fo­lio of 31 ter­mi­nals in 18 coun­tries. Th­ese have made ICTSI a ma­jor global player in the port sec­tor,” he adds.

ICTSI sub­sidiaries reg­u­larly send man­power to other ter­mi­nals within the Group for train­ing, sec­ond­ment and other as­sign­ment over­seas. This prac­tice, con­sid­er­ing the di­ver­sity of ICTSI’s port­fo­lio, al­lows the Group to share best prac­tices and im­prove the tech­ni­cal skills of their em­ploy­ees.

“One of ICTSI’s core strengths is a highly ca­pa­ble man­power. It’s re­ally the key to the way we op­er­ate all of our ter­mi­nal con­ces­sions world­wide. We start by bring­ing peo­ple in from our head­quar­ters in Manila to jump­start op­er­a­tions and train the lo­cals who will even­tu­ally take over once ev­ery­thing is in place. But at the end, our goal is for each of our ter­mi­nals to be run by 100 per­cent lo­cal man­power,” ex­plains Mr. Gon­za­lez.

Model con­tainer han­dling equip­ment op­er­a­tors at ICTSI’s flag­ship Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (from left): Al­fredo Baysa, reach stacker; Manuel Mari­bo­joc, prime mover; and Ed­win Sin­tos, quay crane.

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