US donates maritime building in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2016 14:56

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

 

The PNP’s Maritime Police Group will inaugurate on July a Maritime Special Operational Unit building in the island of Taganak in Tawi-Tawi.

Chief Supt. Efren M. Perez, Maritime Group  National Director, disclosed that the building was funded by the United States thru DOJ-ISOTAP.

The US government will also donate four gunboats.

Perez was here in Zamboanga City to conduct a command visit to Tawi-Tawi last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Tawi-Tawi Maritime Police led by Supt. Arnold E. Abad seized 100 kilos of drid turtle meat  and 15 kilos of dried “taklobo” (big shells) this week in Bongao .

Abad reported to Perez that the meat of marine endangered species was ready for export to Taiwan by the shipper when they seized it.

“Illegal itong ginagawa nila. Ang pawikan at taklobo ay bawal kunin sa dagat dahil ito ay endangered species na,” Perez said.

A gatherer of this species once caught by the authority can be imprisoned from two to four years if  found guilty in court. And they are subject to pay a penalty of  P50,000 to P300,000.

Perez directed the Regional Maritime Unit-9 under Supt. Salbino C. Piad to intensify their operations against illegal fishing and destroyers of the environment in Basilan and Zamboanga City. — Allen Abastillas