Written by Ian C. Espada (HRMDO, Information Officer)
Tuesday, 05 December 2006
Bantay Dagat nabs 5 illegal fishing vessels
In the continuing campaign of Tupas administration to stop the illegal fishing activities in the seawater of Iloilo Province another five illegal fishing vessels were apprehended by Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force last week in 5th District of Iloilo.
In a report coming from Provincial Agriculture Office’s Fisheries Division headed by Mr. Aniceto B. Diamante to Gov. Niel D. Tupas, Sr. these fishing vessels were seized in the municipal waters of San Dionisio, Iloilo on November 25, 2006.
Apprehended boats were F/B Salvie owned by Romel L. Morales with crews namely Romeo B. Luzano, Ramel B. Maulanat and Danilo B. Sabolga; F/B Tisoy of Emelio L. Angwas with crewmen Joebert T. Lagdamin and Randy M. Canoy; F/B Toto Negro of Junjun B. Torrecamada and crews Joebert C. Pandacan and Reynaldo S. Lico-an; F/B Junjun of Lolita Licoan, manned by Henry T. Balontong with crewmen Fernando B. Estocado and Johnny C. Pandacan; and F/B Malyn owner by Edelyn Torrecamada and being manned by Jose Torrico with crews Dominador B. Cavallero and Joevenson B. Torrico.
Ten cases were already filed against them at the 4th Municipal Circuit Trial Court in San Dionisio in violation of Republic Act No. 8550 of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 specifically Section 86 or Unauthorized Fishing or Engaging in Other Unauthorized Fisheries Activities and Section 89 or the Use of Fine Mesh Net.
They shall suffer the following penalties: (1) the boat captain and master fisherman of the vessels who participated in the violation shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment from two (2) years to six (6) years; (2) The owner/operator of the vessel shall be fined from Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) to Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) upon the discretion of the court. However, if the owner/operator is a corporation, the penalty shall be imposed on the managing partner, the catch shall be confiscated and forfeited.
Apprehending officers were PO1 Emmanuel Orellanes, Reynaldo Villa, Sr. and Borromeo Santoyo.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 November 2007 )http://www.iloilo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=276&Itemid=161ANOTHER SEA TURTLE FOUND IN TANAUAN WATERS
Tanauan, Leyte (October 21) -- Another sea turtle was caught by a fisherman at the coast of Tanauan, Leyte in the afternoon of Saturday, October 20.
Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu informed that Portacio Mercado, a fisherman of Barangay Sto. Nino of the said municipality reported that he caught a big sea turtle in the coastal waters of Tanauan.
The sea turtle was turned over at the Bantay Dagat headquarters in Tanauan for proper safe-keeping while waiting for the staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to come to Tanauan and put a tag on the sea turtle.
At first, the members of the Bantay Dagat thought that one of the two sea turtles which were sent back to the sea about two weeks ago returned, Mayor Tiu said.
Upon inspection, however, the Bantay Dagat personnel found out that the turtle does not have a tag yet, so they concluded that this is another turtle. It would be recalled that two Olive Ridley turtles were caught in Tanauan shores about two weeks ago and were released after the DENR put a tag on the turtles.
Mayor Tiu said the presence of sea turtles in the shores of Tanauan is an indication that the local government's programs on environmental protection is paying off.
Mayor Tiu added that the fisher folks of Tanauan are now able to catch big fishes which means that the bounties of the sea are able to thrive well in Tanauan waters without any disturbance from irresponsible fishermen.
The local government is strictly implementing its fishing ordinance, Mayor Roque Tiu said. In fact, in order to protect the coast of Tanauan from unscrupulous fishermen, the municipality is maintaining a very active Bantay Dagat team armed with speed boat.
While the Bantay Dagat enforcers in other municipalities are just mere volunteers
, the local government of Tanauan has included them in the payroll
. This will prevent graft and corruption in the implementation of the municipality's fishery ordinance, Mayor Tiu said. (PIA http://www.tanauan-leyte.gov.ph/news/A33_another_sea_turtle_in_Tanauan_10-21-2007.htm