Coast Guard, Marina collab in Cavite one-stop-shop boat registration

Dennis Abrina
Coast Guard, Marina collab in Cavite one-stop-shop boat registration

A MARINA personnel inspects if a banca meets the standard set by the government agency before it can operate as a tourist boat off the waters of Cavite.

photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

The joint project, an ongoing 3-day event, aims to ensure that bancas in Cavite meet the safety standards set by the government

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) – Cavite and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) – Calabarzon joined forces and launched their first mobile registration for watercraft from February 23 to 25 at the Ranrich Resort, Barangay Poblacion, Ternate town in Cavite

Aside from increasing the number of registered sea vessels, the program, dubbed OPLAN ISLAS or the Integrated System to Legitimize Activities, also wants to promote safety standards for the benefit of tourists and boat crew .

“This is to strengthen and make operations of our coastal communities engage in transportation of passengers be legalized and conform to the safety standard set by the government by properly registering their watercraft to MARINA,” Emmanuel Carpio, Regional Director of MARINA- Calabarzon.

Around a hundred of motobanca owners registered on Tuesday, the first day of 3-day mobile registration. 

Upon completion  of the registration of Tourist Boats, which included attending a seminar for boat captains and motormen, boat owners received Certificate of Ownership, Certificate of Philippine Registry, Minimum Safe Manning Certificate, Certificate of Public Conveyance, Bay and River License, Tonnage Certificate, Boat Captain1/Motorman Certificate/License from MARINA.

Previously, boat owners from the Calabarzon had to register at the MARINA regional office in Batangas.

“Inilapit na po natin sa kanila ang pagpapa-register ng kanilang bancas to be legalized na, hindi na po sila pupunta pa sa MARINA IV office sa Bantangas just to apply and registered their respective boats,” Lieutenant Mike Encina, provincial commander of Coast Guard Cavite.

(We made the registration closer, so that boat owners in Cavite do not need to go Batangas in the MARINA IV office.)

Nagpapasalamat po ako, sampu ng aming Pamahalaang Bayan ng Ternate sa pag-organisa ng one-stop-shop na ito para sa aming mga banca owner. Andito na po lahat – seminar sa mga banca crew and pilot, issuance of permit and licenses, insurance company, fire extinguisher supplier and banca supplier – ay andito na po sa isang venue,” said Ternate Vice Mayor Jun Gubio.

(The local government of Ternate thanks the organizers for this one-stop-shop registration. All that is needed to register is available here.)

Each boat owner needed to complete the requirements set by MARINA and Coast Guard. These included a well-maintained boat, life vests, fire extinguisher, and boat lights.

Ito po ay isa sa paghahanda ng aming bayan para sa pagdagsa ng turista dito sa Ternate na higit ng nakilala sa pagbubukas ng Kaybiang Tunnel.” Gubio added. 

(We are preparing for the arrival of tourists here in Ternate, specially with the opening of the Kaybiang Tunnel.)

Boatmen from the neighboring towns of Maragondon, Naic and Tanza were also expected to register here. –