PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte – City Mayor Engr. James G. Gamao led the Oath-Taking Ceremony of the newly elected officers of Vintage Fisherfolk Association of Cagangohan (VFAC) and Maritime Police Auxiliary Group (MPAG) on November 11, 2015 at Barangay Hall, Cagangohan, this city.

Mayor Gamao stressed the importance of monitoring and controlling the surveillance of PNP-Panabo Maritime headed by station Commander P/INSP. John Paul B. Nepomuceno. “This aims to protect our marine resources and to promote the interest and welfare of our fisherfolks,” he added.

The Local Government and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will also work together in the development programs and projects such as conservations and livelihood.

Meanwhile, Barangay Captain Russel Dumagil said, “their installation will strengthen the dissemination of information and in promoting the proper utilization of our seas and other aquatic resources in cooperation with the Panabo PNP-Maritime. Ten (10) additional motorized bancas will be given to members of VFAC and other fisherfolks association.”

VFAC president Francisco Demetrio, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the government for the valuable support and effort in protecting the seas and the fisher folk’s welfare.

On the other hand, Nepomuceno calls for the VFAC officers and other Panaboans to be vigilant, responsible and coordinative to the authority. “By using your mobile phone, you can send message and report to PNP-Maritime Group (PNPMG). Just text PNPMG (Space) Feedback (Space) Your Message and send to Number 700-32569, keypad numbers 32569 stands for Dedicated Alert Lines for Ocean BiodiversitY (DALOY),” he stressed further.

He also urged Panaboans to report any illegal activities such as Illegal Fishing or Non Registered Fisherfolks, Fish Poaching, Dynamite and Cyanide fishing, Using Fine-Mesh net, Commercial Fishing, Wild Life Trafficking, among others.

He further mentioned that since Mindanao is seldom visited by typhoons, mangroves are abundant here compared to Luzon and Visayas, we should protect and preserve our marine resources.

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