PNP, BFAR sign accord to fight illegal fishing in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2016 14:23

The Maritime Group of the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BFAR-ARMM) have signed an agreement to strengthen ties against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the ARMM sea waters.

PNP Maritime Group Director Police Chief Superintendent Efren M. Perez, and BFAR-ARMM regional director M. Janice Musali signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) last Thursday inside the PNP Maritime Group Headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Perez explained that the MOA is a mere formalization of the on-going collaborative field enforcement between the two enforcement agencies in ARMM.

He said the accord basically provides for sharing of information and seaborne assets.

The PNP Maritime Group, he said, shall provide armed uniformed manpower while the BFAR-ARMM will give technical experts such as fish examiners, fish species identifiers and fishery license experts in all fishery law enforcement operations.

Before the MOA signing, the PNP Maritime Group in ARMM through its elite team, the Maritime Special Operations Unit (MSOU), conducted a confidence building workshop in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi for fishery law enforcement officers last month.

For the month of May, both organizations will participate in a cross training program where the MSOU will conduct a water search and rescue training while BFAR-ARMM will handle marine mammal stranding training, also in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Musali expressed optimism that the agreement will result to a better collaborative action.