By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Davao is now implementing a fishing ban in areas in the city that have been placed under lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.
PCG Davao Station Commander Gary Laynesa said, in a phone interview, the ban was intended to make the fisherfolk stay in their homes as preventive measure against any possible transmission of the virus to other places.
Laynesa said the fisherfolk in the coastal areas of Purok 8 of Barangays 21-C, Purok 3, 4, and 7 of Barangay 23-C, Sitio Lipadas in Barangay Daliao and Gotamco in Barngay Leon Garcia are being prevented from setting out to sail during their mandatory 14-day home quarantine.
“In coordination with the barangay captains at officials, sinabihan namin na huwag munag payagan na pumalaot o mangisda ang mga fisherfolks nila residing sa mga puroks na naka-total lockdown (In coordination with the barangay captains and other officials, we told them not to allow their fisherfolks residing in the areas placed under lockdown, sailing or go fishing), he said.
However, he clarified the ban was only being implemented in areas that have been locked down due to COVID-19, and that fishermen in the other coastal barangays can still fish in the Davao Gulf, provided they follow the health protocols such as social distancing, among others.
Laynesa also said they were also discouraging all fishing boats from accommodating passengers because this was in violation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“So far after the Holy Week, wala pa naman tayong na apprehend na small boats or fishing boats na nagdadala ng pasahero (So far after the Holy Week, we do not have any arrest of any small or fishing boats ferrying passengers),” he said.
The official said they were conducting 24/7 maritime security in the coastal areas in the city, along with Task Force Davao, Philippine Navy and PNP Maritime Group, and conduct profiling of people manning the boats by asking their point of origin as well getting their body temperature through infrared thermometer.
This was to secure the city possible intrusion of people from other areas while the city was still under ECQ.