The Philippine Coast Guard District Palawan has launched an information dissemination campaign on Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) system for all registered vessels and watercrafts.
The campaign was covered by memorandum circular no. 2017-001 and presidential memo order no. 04 dated September 2, providing for the numbering system to be administered by the Philippine Coast Guard.
Under the system, each vessel or watercraft will be assinged a unique identification number. The measure is aimed at enhancing marine environmental protection, safety and security within the Philippine domain and curtailing piracy and terrorism.
Commodore Joselito Dela Cruz, PCG District Palawan Commander, said they are targeting to finish all the numbering of motorized vessel in the province within December 31 even as he acknowledge that the task is a major challenge to them because of an estimated 18, 000 vessels that need to register in SSEN system.
“Marami pa ring undocumented vessels sa ngayon, nagkaroon na ng ganitong sistema sa LGU dati kaya lang unfortunately hindi naimplement properly,” he said.
The owners and operators shall register their vessels to the PCG station or sub-stations in their places in order to get their vessel’s body and plate number.
For the vessels 35 gross tons and below, the body number will be painted and the SSEN plate number will attached and displayed inside the vessel. However vessels that are more than 35 gross tons shall display their body number on the port and starboard side and the SSEN plate number will be displayed inside the pilot house.
The database will be maintained by the PCG District and the national database of the Coast Guard Weapons, Communication. Electronic and Information System (CGWCEIS), which will also act as the administrator of the system.
“Ang bottom line lang dito ay mabigyan sila ng number visible from afar and magkakaroon kami ng database dito sa district for registry system,” Dela Cruz added.
Exempted from the registration system are the vessels of Philippine Coast Guard, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Mapping and Resources Information Authority and the other vessels that may exempted with the authority of the PCG.