Fishing vessels banned from Iloilo River waft

October 12, 2011 9:57 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 12 — All fishing vessels are no longer allowed to dock along the Iloilo River waft especially beside the Muelle Loney area starting this week.

During last week’s Iloilo River Development Council meeting, Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon has instructed the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to enforce discipline and preventive measures to clear the river against fishing vessels that keep docking.

The senator observed that some vessel crews are cooking and even washing and drying their laundry in the area which had been an eye sore to passing commuters. He said tolerating these vessels to stay along the river will eventually cause siltation and water pollution.

“We have to be consistent in our campaign to clean-up and help maintain the restoration and cleanliness of the river", he said.

The PPA through their port manager Winfred Elizalde asked the assistance of the Police Regional Office-6 (PRO-6) led by Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol in guarding and patrolling the river waft.

Elizalde said there is no specific penalty for caught violators but all they have to do is to shoo away vessels docking at the river. He, however, said that if vessels will insist to stay, they have no choice but to arrest erring crews.

Elizalde said they have already informed the owners of these fishing vessels with a 15-day grace period to vacate the area. (PNA)

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