TAGBILARAN CITY –The Maritime Industry Authority of Region 7 will conduct a mobile registration of boats on October 12 to 14 in Panglao, Bohol.
MARINA officer Norma Enriquez said during the Kapihan sa PIA that motorboats should be registered with the agency and the said 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 PCG before their motorized bancas depart from their ports of origin, as the vessels are not supposed to operate commercially without authority.
Philippine Coast Guard Bohol District 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 the people should stop patronizing “colorum” motorized bancas for their own good.
The owner of the motorized banca should also secure passenger insurance before being allowed to operate.
MARINA is an agency which works hand in hand with the PCG to integrate the development, promotion and regulation of the maritime industry in the country. (J. Anne Cruz)