Zambo Sur gets four boats for anti-piracy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 13:42

The Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government has acquired four pumpboats that will be manned by troopers of the PNP’s 9th Maritime Mobile Group  to combat  lawlessness and piracy in Illana Bay and Banganyan Peninsula.

9th MMG Regional Chief Sr. Supt. Agustin D. Molina disclosed that they had a meeting with Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles, Rep. Aurora Cerilles , Rep. Victor Yu  and all mayors in the province to discuss measures to counter piracy and stop lawless activities on the Illana Bay and Baganyan Peninsula.
Molina said that during the meeting the governor and other officials pledged to acquire four pumpboats to be manned by Maritime Police troopers.

Cerilles and the other provincial leaders told Agustin that pirates and lost command MILF rebels have been harassing and intimidating fisherfolks in the high seas and coastal areas of the province.

Molina told Cerilles  and all officials that that once the four pumpboats will be completed with communication gadgets and armaments, each will be manned by eigth maritime troopers. Each pumpboat can carry  38 people.

On the other hand, Molina said that the Maritime Police is now recruiting  100  recruits.

The recruitment is intended for the opening of Special Boat Units in Bongao and Taganak Island in the Tawi-Tawi . The SBU is funded by the US Government.

US officials Richard Miller and  Roy Williams will visit Tawi-Tawi soon for the construction of the SBUs in Bongao and Taganak.

The requirements of the new police recruits are: Civil Service eligibility, college graduate, 5’4 in height,  Filipino natural citizen and 21 to 30 years old. The most important skill or talent of the new police recruits is swimming.

Applicants can bring their biodata to  the 9th MMG Command at Baliwasan Seaside.

Meanwhile, 9th MMG Deputy Commander  Chief Insp. Eduardo C.  Borromeo disclosed that his men apprehended a total of 78 pumpboats below three tonnage for violation of  Republic Act 8550 otherwise known as the Fishery Law from January to April. One of those apprehended was a fishing boat from Dipolog City for illegal fishing within 15 kilomters radius of the municipal waters of Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte. Another was engaged in cyanide fishing in Sta. Cruz island. The rest have expired registration or no registration at all. — Allen Abastillas