PCG starts crackdown on illegal motorboats Print
Monday, 10 September 2018 12:31

The Philippine Coast Guard  (PCG) Zamboanga Station has issued a warning to local boat operators to register their motorized pumpboats with concerned agencies for them not to be apprehended in the ongoing crackdown against unregistered vessels.

PCG Zamboanga Station chief Lieutenant Commander Noriel Ramos said that his office has coordinated with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the local government unit to come up with the data of registered motorboats.

Ramos said that the (SSEN) system is being done for proper numbering and profiling of all owners, operators and skippers of all motorboats in the city.

This enforcement is not new to the public but it was not being strictly followed by motorboat operators so they have to strictly impose this to ensure public safety and prevent lawless elements from entering the city shores.

The official has also coordinated closely with the barangay officials of coastal villages in Zamboanga City to assist them in the said law enforcement, which would benefit also their respective localities and prevent unwanted persons from getting into their locations.

“We have to help each other in enforcing this (SSEN) system, the government agencies and the barangay level should work hand in hand to deter lawlessness especially now that we are under serious threats from terrorists from the nearby islands,” Ramos said.

The officials have directed his different sub-stations in the entire Zamboanga City to be alert and impose such directives on (SSEN) implementation in cooperation with other friendly forces in their respective locations. (PCG Zamboanga)