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Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« on: June 27, 2006, 09:38:25 PM »
Bustero's post seemed to good to have it buried  :D

Bantay Dagat(Sea Patrol)  Forces:

The Bantay Dagat(Sea Patrol) is a civilian fisheries patrol  force made up of volunteers that try to keep a 24 hour watch on Philippine coastal waters up to 15 kilometers from shore. A national plan that was drawn up envisions 2 patrol boats for each coastal municipality for a total of  approximately 1,600 patrol boats for the 800 coastal municipalities of the Philippines. In reality, some municiplaities will have no boats while others may have only one boat. The richer municipalities may each have more than the two planned patrol boats. Bantay Dagat patrol boats are only allowed to protect municipal waters which as mandated by law reaches up to 15 kilometers from the coastline.

Founded by Senator Santanina Rasul in 1994, the Bantay Dagat(Sea Patrol) has over 100,000 volunteer coast watchers as of 2000.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture(DA), lead agency for Bantay Dagat, also operate two(2) Oceanography research ships including the brand new M/V DA-BFAR, a 1,156 gross ton research ship acquired from Spain.


The Bantay Dagat force operates a variety of patrol boats including native outriggers(bancas), fiberglass as well as aluminum speedboats. The current specifications for the Bantay Dagat patrol boat are as follows:


 Length-- 25 feet long
Engine-- 90 Horsepower
Capacity— 20 troopers
Hull—fiberglass
Equipment—Global positioning System(GPS) device, Binoculars, 2-way radios

The funding for the patrol boats comes from a variety of sources including the Bureau of Fisheries(BFAR), American non-government groups, and the Japanese government among others. Aside from municipalities using their own funds, various congressional and senate officials have also donated patrol boats including Santanina Rasul and Mr. Vil

 

Bantay Dagat Patrol boats:
The current exact strength, numbers, deployments, and types of patrol boats that are in actual service with the Bantay Dagat is difficult to estimate for the following reasons:
   1. Funding comes from a variety of sources including municipal, national governments, non-government organizations, and foreign aid agencies.
   2. Operation, maintenance and repair of the patrol boats varies widely because patrol boat responsibility is not at a national or even regional level ,but rather at a local or municipal level with each coastal municipality responsible for their patrol boats.
Based on information from various sources, It is estimated that there are well over  200 patrol boats being operated by Bantay Dagat forces.
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2006, 10:14:19 AM »
Hi Bustero,

Is this where you got the Bantay Dagat info?

http://philippinenavy.tripod.com/bantay.html
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006, 10:17:45 AM »
Additional info, and the legal basis for the program:

http://www.sdvillage.ph/coastal/bantaydagat.htm

It is further strengthened by the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (Republic Act 8550). It is stipulated in its Section 24 that members of fisherfolks associations may be designated by the Department of Agriculture as fish wardens in the enforcement of fishery laws, rules, and regulations, provided they have undergone training on law enforcement.
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2006, 10:32:18 AM »
Mr P,

You might want to update your Bantay Dagat orbat with this. This talks about Bantay Dagat activities in Mabini, Batangas: http://www.wwf.org.ph/downloads/biota/March05.pdf

By the end of 2004, almost P1.2M has been collected from the divers and P400,000 more was donated by the Wolcott Henry Foundation through WWF. A major bulk of the collected fees were appropriated to construct a new Bantay Dagat patrol boat. This latest guardian of the sea is an 18-meter boat with a 6-valve diesel fed engine equipped with GPS and radio communication system.

A portion of the fees also went to pay for salaries and stipends of the real heroes of Mabini – the Bantay
Dagat volunteers. They are around 27 men and women who risk life and limb to protect the sea. The operational costs of the Bantay Dagat are estimated at P90,000 per month. Because of the Bantay Dagat,
blast fishing has virtually stopped. Coral cover improved 30-40% more since 1993, and fish catch increased
from 2 kg/day to an average of 10-12 kg/day for small-scale fishers.

The Conservation Fee also funds coastal clean-ups, information campaigns, production of dive passes, meetings and consultations to formulate CRM related policies. “Conservation is everybody’s concern. The divers, the Bantay Dagat volunteers, fisherfolks, the LGU, the dive boat operators, and everyone else must do their share in protecting our natural resources. These partnerships are best demonstrated in Mabini’s Conservation
Fee mechanism,” Riki Sandalo, WWF Project Manager of Balayan Bay. •
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2006, 07:50:40 PM »
Yup that's where I got the Pix and posts from.

Actually there are many bantay dagat info floating around. Iyung nga one strenght (and weakness) is that it is community bases and hence not centralized so information comes from a multitude of sources!

Anyway natawa lang ako kasi in wartime parang naiisip ko na puede silang Mchales Navy hehe.

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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2006, 10:00:30 PM »
i cant update it anymore because i forgot my password, and tripod does not return my replies regarding my password so my only alternative would be to make a new website  for which kapos na ako sa time this days =(


Mr P,

You might want to update your Bantay Dagat orbat with this. This talks about Bantay Dagat activities in Mabini, Batangas: http://www.wwf.org.ph/downloads/biota/March05.pdf

By the end of 2004, almost P1.2M has been collected from the divers and P400,000 more was donated by the Wolcott Henry Foundation through WWF. A major bulk of the collected fees were appropriated to construct a new Bantay Dagat patrol boat. This latest guardian of the sea is an 18-meter boat with a 6-valve diesel fed engine equipped with GPS and radio communication system.

A portion of the fees also went to pay for salaries and stipends of the real heroes of Mabini – the Bantay
Dagat volunteers. They are around 27 men and women who risk life and limb to protect the sea. The operational costs of the Bantay Dagat are estimated at P90,000 per month. Because of the Bantay Dagat,
blast fishing has virtually stopped. Coral cover improved 30-40% more since 1993, and fish catch increased
from 2 kg/day to an average of 10-12 kg/day for small-scale fishers.

The Conservation Fee also funds coastal clean-ups, information campaigns, production of dive passes, meetings and consultations to formulate CRM related policies. “Conservation is everybody’s concern. The divers, the Bantay Dagat volunteers, fisherfolks, the LGU, the dive boat operators, and everyone else must do their share in protecting our natural resources. These partnerships are best demonstrated in Mabini’s Conservation
Fee mechanism,” Riki Sandalo, WWF Project Manager of Balayan Bay. •
The needs and interests of the Filipino is primary while that of foreigners is secondary.
However, some Filipinos are still uneasy about this and would rather be the apologists or defenders of foreign interests.

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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2007, 12:57:44 PM »
Bantay Dagat
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=161


ANOTHER 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 8)

http://www.tanauan-leyte.gov.ph/news/A33_another_sea_turtle_in_Tanauan_10-21-2007.htm
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2007, 12:58:58 PM »
Very old news, but interesting nonetheless.

Environment group launches Bantay Dagat center

In celebration of April as Earth Month, Bantay Dagat Inc. (BDI) inaugurated on 16 April 2000 its Bantay Dagat Information and Training Center in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The center will serve as venue for information exchange on environment protection and training center on conservation methods. It will also offer alternative livelihood opportunities for fisherfolk, women, youth, community leaders, and residents.

The center was built from funds provided by the Countryside Development Fund of then Senator Santanina Rasul. Support for the center are currently extended by the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi led by Gov. Sadikul A. Sahali and the municipal government of Bongao led by Mayor Sali E. Samsuya.

"We have chosen the country's most remote municipality as the site of the center, despite its relatively intact environment, precisely to safeguard what could be the country's remaining rich marine resources and fishing-ground -- the Sulu Sea," said former Senator Rasul.

During the inauguration, a memorandum of agreement was signed by representatives of government agencies including the municipal and provincial government vowing cooperation and strong action to protect the environment and utilizing the center as key mechanism in the conservation efforts.

Former Senator Rasul also cited the need to dramatize the call for more concrete and aggressive measures to protect the marine environment in the midst of unabated dynamite fishing, destruction of corals and sea beds, disappearance of mangroves and marine pollution.

http://www.pia.ops.gov.ph/press/pr2k0417.htm
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New role for the bantay dagat program?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008, 09:02:39 AM »
New role for the bantay dagat program?

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Workshop paves way for coastal law-enforcement team for GenSan

Written by Jerry Adlaw / Correspondent   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 23:34

http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1566:workshop-paves-way-for-coastal-law-enforcement-team-for-gensan&catid=33:economy

TO harmonize coastal law-enforcement efforts in General Santos City, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 office recently held a two-day  workshop to pave the way for the organization of the City Coastal Law Enforcement Team (CCLET) through its Coastal and Marine Management Division (CMMD).

 The DENR will be conducting a series of similar workshops in six more local government units (LGUs) concerned with the protection of Sarangani Bay.

Six municipalities of Sarangani province, together with General Santos City, a chartered city in South Cotabato, border the 215,950-hectare Sarangani Bay, declared as Sarangani protected seascape in 1996 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 756.

The workshop was held in mid-October in General Santos City, the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines.”

It was participated in by the representatives of the local government of General Santos City and its coastal barangays, together with partner government offices, namely, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Regional Maritime Office, as well as nongovernment organizations (NGOs).   

Moreover, it was agreed during the workshop that the team will draw members from other sectors such as civic organizations, the religious sector and academe. 

Musa Saruang, DENR regional technical director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service,  in his message, cited the significance of a collaborative effort.

“We have to pool together our resources. Collectively, we can educate our people and let them understand the law. We cannot implement a law if they do not understand it,” Saruang said.

DENR Secretary Lito Atienza has vowed that the DENR would pursue and strengthen its partnership with LGU, NGOs and private sectors to attain proper management of our coastal resources. This is anchored on the food-security program of President Arroyo, considering that 80 percent of the Filipinos depend on fish for their source of protein.

Moreover, Johnny  Pangod, chief of the DENR’s Coastal and Marine Management Division (CMMD), cited the significance of organizing the CCLET in conjunction with the necessity of protecting and conserving our coastal resources.

 Aquaculture technologist III Glen Padro of the BFAR, one of the resource persons, presented the activities and mandates of his office, as well as the prohibited acts and penalties under Republic Act  8550, otherwise known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.

Other resource speakers were PO1 Alberto Arandia of the Philippine Coast Guard and P/Ins. Pascual Tambasacan of the PNP Regional Maritime Office who both presented their respective mandates and activities.

General Santos City environment and natural resources officer Valiente Lastimoso, likewise, presented the status of the city’s coastal resources and coastal law-enforcement program. Lastimoso suggested the passing of a barangay ordinance as a solution to the complaints of local residents regarding encroachment of other fisherfolks to their fishing grounds. 

 General Santos City, headed by Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr., covers nine coastal barangays. The city’s police force, represented by P/Supt. Dexter Rellora, and barangay officials expressed their full support and commitment in relentless fight against illegal activities in their coastal environment.
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2010, 09:19:57 PM »
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Procuring Entity     MUNICIPALITY OF LIBERTAD, ANTIQUE
Title     Construction of Bantay Dagat
Area of Delivery     Antique
Solicitation Number:     01
Trade Agreement:     Implementing Rules and Regulations
Procurement Mode:     Public Bidding
Classification:     Goods
Category:     Marine Transport
Approved Budget for the Contract:     PHP 187,367.50
Delivery Period:     36 Day/s

Bantay Dagat is a big vessel with 6"x22"x35' casco and with a 6D10 engine and 90hp. This is going to be used by the Mun. Law Enforcement Composite Team in conducting Monitoring, Control and Surveillance activities for our marine protection. This is one way of mitigating illegal fishing activities in our municipal waters.
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2010, 07:11:09 AM »
Hi Sir Adroth, we fish in this area, mabagal ang 6D10 engine considering most fishing boat in this area are using 6D14 and 6D15 and 8DC90A engines, mine is running on mits 6D14 its slow because is 63footer but some boats here will run faster than 6D10 specially those Pamu with 6BG1 engines..

This is a very good news though, lintik kasi ang mga Steel Hulled Purse Seiners na galing Iloilo at Manila na ito, they fish within 8km of the coast line kawawa ang mga small fisherman..
« Last Edit: July 21, 2010, 07:13:48 AM by Tikboy »
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2010, 08:31:18 AM »
Thanks for sharing Mr. T  :beer:
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2010, 06:13:23 PM »
LiPaSeCu (Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi), this town sharing Pandan Bay, used to have a patrol boat, i wonder what happened to it.
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Re: Understanding the Bantay Dagat program
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2010, 01:34:10 AM »
LiPaSeCu (Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi), this town sharing Pandan Bay, used to have a patrol boat, i wonder what happened to it.

How's the fishing in that area now, sir? In the early 80's, yellow fins, blue fins, and mamsa (talakitok) were abundant in that area. Fishpens (i forgot the local term for those fishpens made of bamboo) could easily catch these kind of fishes then. However, i heard that it's different now.
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2010, 05:58:51 AM »
Galunggung and Matang Baka is still abundant, Yellow Fin Tuna and Skip Jack is still available.. Talakitok (Salamingan) very seldom. Only Purse Seiner net can catch OK, there are very few Otoshi-ami but it still catches fish.

It's really different now compared before when Purse Seiner catches at least a Ton a day straight for 2 weeks, now it does not happen anymore.. One of Bureau of Fisherises guy went to my place last month and is getting some input as to what size of net we are using because they said the "Bilong Bilong" and "Aluy" is gone and they are investigating why..

IMHO, BFAR should ban Beach Seiner first if they really want to fix this problem. Take note that beach seiners uses "kulambo" net in there centro and it takes all size fish with it including semilya.. Although, Bantay Dagat will come handy but the real problem is in the shoreline..


How's the fishing in that area now, sir? In the early 80's, yellow fins, blue fins, and mamsa (talakitok) were abundant in that area. Fishpens (i forgot the local term for those fishpens made of bamboo) could easily catch these kind of fishes then. However, i heard that it's different now.
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