BFAR may seize back ‘boats’ given to towns

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources may recall the boats given to seven towns in Bohol, should be proven the towns are not using or has neglected the equipment as alleged by some reports.

This was the pronouncement of BFAR Regional Head Allan Poquita, during last Friday’s Kita ug ang Gobernador weekly media forum at the People’s Mansion.

The boats were donated by the US Department of Agriculture to the Philippines.

An agreement was signed between the towns and the BFAR for the release of the boats aiming to help in the enforcement of coastal management laws in some coastal towns in the province.

“In case na dili gamiton…BFAR has the right to repossess the facility, ” he said.

He added the agency already inventoried the boats, and if the boats are in disrepair, there is a technology available to repair the boats.

The boats have a powerful engine that is more than capable, as such, great care should be given to the assets.

The issue stems from some reports surfacing some towns have been not using the boats given to them and has fallen into disrepair.

The BFAR assures the public that any asset will be accounted for and will enforce the agreement’s sitipulations.

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