Tagum City —Tagumenyo fisherfolks temporarily stopped fishing for a day to attend a free seacraft registration sanctioned by the local government unit of Tagum city.
On March 20, 2018, as early as 8 am, fisherfolks from Brgy. Liboganon, Brgy. Busaon, Brgy. Madaum, Brgy. San Isidro, and Brgy. Bincungan which are the coastal barangays of Tagum were rounded up by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in partnership with the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO).
Fisherfolks were offered a free registration of motorized and banca de bugsay (non-motorized) passenger and non-passenger boats in their makeshift registration booth situated at the coastal area of Brgy. Liboganon.
The conduct of free registration is an initiative by the government to protect our fisherfolks against various forms of abuse from fellow fisherfolks and the authority.
This will also serve as a means to monitor the docking areas of the boats especially those duly registered seacrafts to identify which of them are from Tagum city.
There are 185 motorized and non-motorized seacrafts officially registered at the end of the day.
The activity is a joint venture with the Philippine Coast Guard XI, PNP Maritime Police XI, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XI – Smartseas under the World Wide Fund (WWF). Mr. Ricky Biyo, the project manager of Smartseas represented the organization. He urged the residents near the coastal area to help the organization preserve the Davao Gulf.
In a similar way, PO3 Erolyn D. Pito, PCB of PCG XI requested the residents’ assistance regarding the illegal activities that might conspire in the area such as illegal fishing and terrorism threats. SPO1 Henrich Betio of PNP Maritime Police gave additional reminder to fisherfolks of their responsibilities.
Councilors Ronald Eliot and Rey Cyril Alba revealed some future plans for the area to promote tourism activities and livelihood innovations. They also promised training workshops on how to maintain and preserve the Maritime protected area in the city.
Meanwhile, Mayor Allan L. Rellon led the oath taking of the Tagum City Fishery Law Enforcement Trainee (TC-FLET) during the second part of the program. The local chief executive appealed to the public to maintain the cleanliness of the seashore to attract a harmonious living.
The boats were proposed to be painted apple green with orange stripe for night trip to provide uniform color for all Tagum seacrafts, while Davies was named as the provider of free paint. They will be given numbers which will be registered in the whole country as well.
The next boat registration will be conducted per barangay. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Fisherfolks of Barangays Liboganon, Busaon, Madaum, San Isidro, and Bincungan flocked at the coastal area of Brgy. Liboganon for the free boat registration spearheaded by CENRO and CAGRO of Tagum City on March 20, 2018. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum
Boats were measured and motor machines were inspected (for motorized boats) to fill in necessary information for the registration of the seacrafts. The Tagumenyo fisherfolks themselves assisted the lgu personnel during the boat registration conducted at Brgy. Liboganon on March 20, 2018. Leo Timongan/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon, together with Councilors Ronald Eliot and Rey Cyril Alba, national line agencies’ representatives, and city officials pose using theTagumpay sign with one of the fishermen to award the copy of the registration document. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum