Coast Guard to intensify sea patrols PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 August 2018 12:04

by bhong simbajon

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Zamboanga Station will intensify stricter policies on all small and medium size seacrafts plying the route in and out of Zamboanga City.

Zamboanga City Coast Guard Station chief Lieutenant Commander Noriel Ramos disclosed that that aside from their conduct of routinary seaborne patrols, his command will also be implementing the Safety

Safety, Security, Environmental Numbering System (SSENS) which will strengthen the monitoring on all motorized pumpboats, small and medium seacrafts en route to the city.

Ramos said that the (SSENS) system will further strengthen the present initiatives of the city government of Zamboanga in motorized pumpboat registration.

In the process, PCG Zamboanga Station will compliment such initiatives by proposing a database and profiling of all seacrafts entering and routing our city.

"This system is very simple, it’s patterned like the vehicle registration system of LTO wherein we register thru the City Agriculturist Office all the motorized pumpboats and medium seacrafts. They will be given corresponding boat numbers upon registration and the names and personal information of the operator is listed in order for us to identify them properly," Ramos said.

Ramos said that the SSENS system will at the same time simplify the manner of monitoring all the registered and unregistered seacrafts in the coastal waters of the city where violators can also be penalized as mandated by agriculture and fisheries code of the Philippines.

Commander Ramos said that security in Zamboanga City is very vulnerable and the local terrorists from the nearby provinces can always use the sea as their point of entry considering the very long coastline that we have and very easy to penetrate.

"We have been intensifying our seaborne security patrols together with our police and military counterparts here, but will still need further more cooperation from the public in this regard, this SSEMS initiative can help, the public has just to cooperate with us.

We are doing this for their own safety," Ramos said. The official is also urging the local officials of coastal barangays to re-activate and formalize their Bantay Dagat enforcers to help the PCG in guarding our coastlines from possible aggressors.

The official is also urging the local officials of coastal barangays to re-activate and formalize their Bantay Dagat enforcers to help the PCG in guarding our coastlines from possible aggressors. (Bhong Simbajon with reports from Dan Toribio)