DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan, through the City Agriculture Office and the One-Stop Business Center, conducted a mobile registration for motorized fishing boats of operators in Barangay Pugaro on July 10.

This is in accordance with the amended  City Ordinance No. 1768-2003 or the “Dagupan City Coastal Fisheries Resource Management Ordinance of 2003” which updated and reduced the rates to be paid by fishing boat operators  in the city.

Upon registration, the municipal fishing boats will have to be measured on-site to ensure each  will not exceed three gross tons.

With the reduced rate, the total fee to be paid per annum is now only P650.

The amount includes payment for the city fishing license, operation of minor fishing gear and operation of motorized bancas and boats weighing two to three gross tons.

Registered boat operators will be issued a permit which will authorize them to operate their vessels in the river.

The local government is making the registration more affordable and accessible through the city ordinance and amendment.

This is expected to reduce  the number of fisherfolk being apprehended for operating unauthorized vessels and failing to provide licenses.

Agricultural Technologist Rolly Dulay of the City Agriculture Office disclosed that the registration of the fishing vessels is also one way to ensure the safety of the city’s fisherfolk.

“Paalala lang natin sa mag fishing boat operators, kung may mga bangka kayo na pasok sa municipal fishing boat category, kailangan nating  magparehistro para maiwasan ang paghuhuli sa dagat at para iwas abala sa ilog,” added Dulay,

The local government will continue to conduct mobile registrations in the coastal barangays for the authorization of motorized fishing boats in the city. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)