31 Filipino fishermen detained in Indonesia return home

admin   •   April 20, 2018   •   4859

MANILA, Philippines — Thirty-one Filipino fishermen, on board Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Lapu-Lapu of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) arrived in Davao City on Friday after being detained in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Navy turned over the Filipino repatriates on April 13, three days after the conduct of boarder patrol exercises (Corpat Philindo 18) in Indonesia.

They were detained in Indonesia for illegal entry, fishing and overstaying.

Fifteen of them hail from General Santos City; seven from Zamboanga City; four from Davao; 2 from Saranggani province while the rest are from Tawi-Tawi.

According to Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Bong Go, the government will address the matter at the ASEAN meeting to speed up the process of repatriation for the remaining 46 Filipino fishermen detained in Indonesia.

The secretary added that the president wants to establish an office that will prioritize the concerns and needs of fishermen to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Meanwhile, repatriated Randy Capricho, 31 from General Santos City was grateful to see his wife and 8-month old child.

Capricho was detained in Indonesia for six months after his transfer to the immigration.

“Mahirap kami masyado, Ma’am, dahil kami sa preso kumain lang kami ng kangkong,” he said.

(It was difficult for us Ma’am, because all we ate in prison was watercress.)

The repatriates received cash assistance and food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), assorted vegetable seeds from Department of Agriculture (DA) and some fishing gadgets from BFAR.

After DWSD accomplished several documents needed, the repatriates may return to their families today. —Marisol Montaño | UNTV News & Rescue



Indonesian divers to retrieve black boxes from plane wreckage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 11, 2021

Retrieval operations are underway after the Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee located two black boxes of Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 that crashed on January 9.

The black boxes, or the flight data recorders can help in determining the cause of the plane crash.

On Sunday (January 10), Indonesian authorities said they found the location of the black boxes after retrieving several parts of the plane’s fuselage. Several bodies of the passengers were also found and retrieved.

The Sriwijaya Air Jet was carrying 62 people en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan. It disappeared from the radar a few minutes after it took flight.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered the National Transport Safety Committee to conduct an investigation into the incident.

This is the first major crash in Indonesia since 2018, where 189 passengers and crew were killed after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crashed into the Java sea after its take off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. AAC (with reports from Salvie Alvarez)

12 areas positive for red tide toxin, BFAR warns

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday issued a red tide warning after shellfishes collected in 12 areas in the country were found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

In an advisory, BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the following areas are not safe for human consumption:

  • Honda and Puerto Princesa Bays in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan
  • Coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate
  • Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
  • Coastal waters of Daius and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
  • Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
  • Coastal waters of Zumarraga in Western Samar
  • Coastal waters of Calubian, Leyte, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
  • Coastal waters of Biliran Islands
  • Coastal waters of Guiuan in Eastern Samar
  • Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
  • Lianga Bay and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur
  • Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur

“Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking,” BFAR said.

The agency also reported that the coastal waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan was also found positive for red tide toxin.

On the other hand, coastal waters of Bataan; coastal waters of Daram Island, Cambatutay, Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; and Carigara Bay in Leyte are now free of the toxic red tides.

Undocumented fish imports seized in Malabon City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 467 boxes of imported fish of different species were seized from two dealers during a recent market denial operation in Malabon City.

In a report published on Wednesday (December 2), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said the illegal packages were seized by the agency’s team of law enforcers and fisheries inspectors in an operation held on Monday (November 30).

The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.

According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.

The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195. 

Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.

Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish. 

The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.


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