Bohol has 30 new fibreglass patrol boats to enhance sustainable coastal and marine resources management around the island province.
They are parts of the 83 units of 30-footer fibreglass reinforced plastic surveillance pumpboats turned over by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 7 for Bohol and Cebu.
The ceremonial turnover of the boats, each powered by a 16 horsepower gasoline-fed Honda engine with complete accessories, was done in Carmen, Cebu on November 16, 2017.
Bohol coastal towns are the beneficiaries of the 30 surveillance boats while Cebu has 53.
The boats were constructed by the workers coming from the respective recipient local government units (LGUs) who were trained by the BFAR 7.
Dr. Allan L. Poquita, BFAR regional director, said the boats are intended to help the LGUs to police their respective areas and reinforce policies for the sustainable utilization of the resources within the municipal waters.
Sen. Loren Legarda, a staunch sustainable development advocate, supported the project.
Liza Quirog, chief of staff of Gov. Edgar Chatto and chairperson of the Coastal Law Enforcement Council Technical Working Group, represented the governor at the turnover.
Quirog thanked the BFAR-7 and Legarda, the latter for her valuable contribution to the success of the project.
She congratulated the boat-building participants who completed the 15-day training.
Aside from the knowledge and skills acquired by the participants, the transfer of technology to the LGUs is very important.
The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) is planning to implement the same project which hopefully addresses various issues in the fishery sector.
The project is consistent with the PGBh goal of reducing poverty and ensuring food security for the Boholanos through a collective effort in protecting and conserving coastal and marine resources.