Thursday, April 20, 2017
BACOLOD City – The Philippine Coast Guard might soon hold a mandatory registration of all sea vessels operating in Negros Occidental.
Coastguards are on their toes after the Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol last week. The bandits maneuvered three motor boats to take themselves to the island province from Mindanao.
Jimmy Oliver Vingno, commander of the Coast Guard Bacolod station, said the registration will be held in all Coast Guard stations in Negros Occidental but they have not yet set the date.
The Coast Guard will introduce plates similar to the ones issued by the Land Transportation Office and adopt a numbering system to easily identify boats, said Vingno.
Primarily the registration aims to monitor all boat activities and is in compliance with Memorandum Order No. 4 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, he explained.
A unified numbering system for all Philippine-registered vessels, watercrafts and water conveyances will be implemented to suppress lawless violence at sea, which includes piracy and smuggling, the memo stated.
Vingno said they will soon hold an information drive on the President’s memo among fishers.
Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo issued a similar order in his province to counter the threat of Abu Sayyaf bandits./PN