ILOILO — The provincial government of Iloilo is strengthening its campaign against illegal fishing by building four more patrol boats for Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force.
Costing US$100,000, two of which are patrol boats cum sea ambulances from D’ Amico Company or Società d’Amico di Navigazione, an Italian maritime transport group.
The other two patrol boats worth P1.5-million each are financed by the provincial government through the Provincial Agriculture’s Office headed by Dr. Ildefonso Toledo.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., together with Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, will attend the blessing of these brand new patrol boats in Concepcion today (January 29).
Defensor explained that they built it to beef up the seaborne patrol operations of IPBDTF in the Visayan Sea, one of the richest fishing grounds in the Philippines.
It is in addition to the three patrol boats that Iloilo owned at the moment, according to PO3 Charlie Asturias, the operation’s chief of the task force.
“We have three existing patrol boats yet only one is operational. Others are being repaired. If we can have two more, we can intensify the campaign leading to more arrests,” Asturias said.
The donation from D’Amico Company includes two rubber boats worth Php600,000 and provision of medical rescue equipment.
The shipping company made the donation to help not only the anti-illegal fishing campaign of Iloilo but as well as its program on maternal and neonatal health in island-barangays and disaster preparedness. JAN