Issue 2

MARINA follows stringent inspection standard as part of ‘Ligtas Biyaheng Dagat’ campaign

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Officer-in-charge of Enforcement Services Division Atty. Herschel F. Magracia, center, counter-checks the required numbers and expiration dates of buoyant smoke signal on board a cargo-passenger ship headed for Iloilo this Maundy Thursday, April 2. He is flanked by two members of his team members, Dexter de Leon on left, and Laurence Gahol on the right.

On board a ship for inspection this Maundy Thursday, April 2, its OIC Atty. Herschel F. Magracia stressed that safety and security inspections are not just a seasonal engagement done by his teams, but a continuous effort to effect the promotion and observance of proper safety culture on board ships, passenger vessels, and other motorized boats operating in domestic trade.

“We are mandated to enforce the full observance of safety, security, and efficiency of equipment on board vessels to avoid maritime accidents,” Magracia added.

MARINA is constrained to appropriately act on identified violations and penalize erring units as discussed on previous consultative dialogues with stakeholders in the country’s nautical highways. These dialogues took place in coordination with MARINA’s regional directors and officers-in-charge and representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard.

MARINA Administratior Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr provided the instructions to promote and observe proper safety culture on board maritime vessels including corresponding penalities for violations, which were covered in these consultative meetings that convened stakeholders in Batangas, Palawan, Boracay, Cebu City, Dumaguete City, Tacloban City, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos City.


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