MARINA sets motorized banca registration
TAGBILARAN CITY, September 28, (PIA) – The Maritime Industry-7 will conduct on October 12 to 14 a mobile registration for unregistered motorized bancas, specicifically in Panglao town.
MARINA-Bohol Officer Norma Enriquez said during the Kapihan sa PIA today that motorboats should be registered with the agency and the mobile registration will be conducted for island hopping as well as dolphin watching bancas and cruises and other motorized boats to legalize their operations.
Enriquez encouraged local government units especially in Panglao to help disseminate this information on the campaign on registration of unregistered bancas.
Enriquez further said operators should seek clearance from PhilippineCoast Guard (PCP) before their motorized bancas depart from their ports of origin, as the vessel are not supposed to operate commercially without authority.
The drive against unregistered motorized boats for tourists has been intensified following the deadly accident involving a foreigner who died after being hit by a speedboat and his companion was left wounded.
PCG Tagbilaran City Commander Benjie Quinisio said that for scenarios like this, it would be dangerous for motorized bancas to operate as unregistered vessels.
They have to register for the safety of the passengers and crew, “he said, adding that people should stop patronizing “colorum” motorized bancas for their own good, Quinisio Said.
The owner of the motorized banca should also secure passenger insurance before being allowed to operate.
The need for having a radio in the banca authorized by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was also emphasized to prevent hostage and for the banca to be easily recognized if ever it sailed away.
MARINA is an agency that works hand in hand with the PCG to integrate the development, promotion and regulation of the maritime industry in the country. (rmn/jac/PIA7-Bohol)