Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla in preparation for this year’s celebration of May as Month of the Ocean signed in April Executive Order No. 12 series 2014 establishing the municipality’s Bantay Dagat Task Force. EO No. 12 “An Order Constituting The Municipal Bantay Dagat Task Force of the Municipality of Jagna, Bohol Establishing Its Composition and Defining Its Functions” reinforces the LGUs commitment to protect its coastal environment and preserve its marine resources for sustainability. The LGU recognizes the fact that what is done today greatly affects the coming generations of Jagnaanons.
This executive order is anchored on Republic Act 7160 “Local Government Code of 1991” mandating LGUs to “take care of the environment and natural resources”; The Bohol Environment Code of 1998 Article VII Section 49 mandating local chief executives to “adopt adequate measures to safeguard and conserve land, mineral, marine, forest and other resources.
The municipal officials see the “need to formulate a work plan that provides focus, direction and guidelines to achieve the goals of the coastal resource management by way of collaborating and maximizing the Bantay Dagat Task Force members to conduct seaborne patrol to oversee the protection of municipal water, marine protected areas and marine sanctuaries” as stated in the executive order.
The composition of the Municipal Bantay Dagat Task Force is based on Municipal Ordinance No. 24-10-2005 chaired by the Philippine National Police chief and c-chaired by the SB Committee on Agriculture chairperson. Members include the police environmental officer, fishery technician, MFARMC president, SB Committee on Peace and Order chairperson, Jagna maritime police officer, the punong barangays of all the coastal barangays, an NGO/PO representative and barangay fish wardens.
The functions and duties of the members and officers among others are to enforce fishery laws, local fishery ordinances during day and night patrolling; maintain bantay dagat patrol boat; coordination with PEDO in apprehending illegal fishing activities; IEC activities, etc.
Part of the EO is the determination of funding for the task force, deputation of fish wardens, monitoring and reporting and secretariat and functions.