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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 1 (PIA) – The Philippine Coastguard (PCG) through the Coast Guard District in Eastern Visayas conducted a public consultation on the different policies being conceptualized to enhance the maritime safety measures in the region.

The series of awareness campaign is in cognizance with other maritime stakeholders proposing the Safety, Security and Environment Numbering (SSEN) system for all Philippine registered vessels/watercrafts for the purpose of enhancing marine environmental protection, maritime security and safety within the Philippine maritime domain. In the gathering held February 1, 2017 at the Mayor’s Office Conference Room in Maasin City, fisherfolks asociation representatives, barangay chairmen of coastal barangays, bantaydagat members, and other participants of the activity were presented the scope, policies and guidelines of SSEN system. PCG-EV Chief of Staff CDR Lawrence Roque said that all owners and operators of vessels.watercrafts shall register with the SSEN system to the coast guard unit where they are home ported. He said that the SSEN body number and plate number will be issued and registered with MARINA with corresponding registration numbers that will be painted at their waterboats. This will be the proof of compliance by the SSEN system. On the other hand, the database will be maintained by the coastguard district where the vessel is registered and a National database by the Coast Guard Weapons Communications, Electronic and Information System shall also act as the Administrator of the system, PCG Acting Station Commander in Catbalogan SalbyHabbdullah informed. It was also disclosed that a mobile registration will be jointly conducted on the coastal barangays in the respective area of responsibility or the owner of the vessel may directly apply to the nearest coastguard unit with their documents to submit, such as proof of ownership; official receipt of engine procurement for new built vessel; valid government issued identification card of the owner; and photo of the vessel with the owner. The policies will still be evaluated at the national level before approval, Roque disclosed (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)