The municipal government of Coron received 11 motorized bancas from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) last week intended for the local fishery law enforcers and its marine protected areas.
Geronimo Gebela, municipal agriculture officer said the boats were turned over by BFAR to the municipality last June 25, 2018.
“Merong nakalaan para sa sampung marine protected areas ng Coron na motorized banca, at ito ay para sa pag-maintain at pag-manage ng ating mga protected areas sa mga barangays,” he said.
Of the 11 motor boats, 10 are 20-footer fiberglass boats with engine, while one was a 30-footer fiberglass boat for use in local enforcement by the municipality. Gebela explained that the 10 motorboats are set for distribution this week during municipal-wide event with local farmers and fisherfolks. This will support the maintenance and operation of the marine protected areas in Coron.
Roberto Abrera, BFAR assistant regional director said that the provision of boats to the municipal government is part of strengthening their capability for the enforcement of fishery laws within their territorial jurisdiction.
“Itong mga illegal na nangyayari within the municipal waters ay primary responsibility ng local government units (LGUs), para kami sa BFAR ay doon na makatutok beyond sa municipal waters,” he explained. “Itong mga fisherfolks associations din ay merong mga responsilibidad to police from among their ranks, kaya maliban sa mga municipal enforcers nandiyan din ang mga fisherfolks na katuwang natin,” he added.
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