The city government has launched a drive to encourage fishermen to secure business and mayor’s permits and have their boats registered.
Since March 1, the Bantay Dagat has been visiting coastal barangays to redouble efforts on the registration of fishing boats this year.
“Ngayon, from last year na maganda iyong naging resulta, maraming nagpa-rehistro na ng bangka. Gusto namin mas dumoble pa ang dami. Last year, maraming nagpa-rehistro kasi nag-focus kami sa kampanya na magkaroon ang bawat banka ng business permit,” said Christine Jane Garcia, the Bantay Dagat team leader.
In 2017, the city government registered around 1,200 fishing boats with Barangay Macarascas posting the highest number of mayor’s permits issued at 180.
Garcia said they want to prioritize now fishermen living in rural coastal barangays as they are reluctant to go to the center of the town since it is costly and distant.
“Sa mga barangay, marami nagra-rason malayo daw. Ang mga nasa central standby muna sila, lalo na ‘yong mga taga-New Panggangan hanggang Bahile at Sta. Lucia,” she said.
This means too, Garcia said, that fisherfolks in coastal areas within Puerto Princesa will be the least priority since they have access to the City Hall.
She added that when they go to the barangays, they also bring with them the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) of the city government to give other residents the opportunity to process their business permits and documents.
“Nilalapit naming sa tao ang BOSS para mapadali ang proseso ng kanilang business permits at kami na rin ang gumagawa ng paraan para hindi na mahirapan ang tao,” she said.
More importantly, the BOSS roadshow will also prevent the interruption of work of the fisherfolks, and penalize them due to violations.
The barangay visits will conclude on March 31.