01 OCTOBER 2021
DA-BFAR, PNP-MG SIGNS MOU TO CONDUCT JOINT SEABORNE PATROL
The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR)
and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) Friday, October 1, at BFAR Central Office, Quezon City.
Represented by DA-BFAR National Director Eduardo B. Gongona and PBGEN John
Mitchell V. Jamili, director of the maritime group, the MOU grants personnel of PNP the
right to embark on any DA-BFAR available vessel as “shiprider” to conduct joint
Under the MOU, DA-BFAR shall act as lead agency in the enforcement of fisheries and
marine conservation laws while PNP-MG shall provide personnel to augment the
bureau’s workforce in the conduct of seaborne patrol operations, particularly in the
aspect of law enforcement and investigation.
The signing of the memorandum will intensify the efforts of the two government
agencies in enforcing fishery laws including conservation and management measures
and marine conservation laws in Philippine seas to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal
fishing activities and to protect the marine environment of the area from
Addressing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity is a long-standing
commitment of the government starting with the amendment of the Philippine Fisheries
Code of 1998. Republic Act 10654, otherwise known as “An Act to Prevent, Deter and
Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing”, provides higher penalties for
apprehended fishermen and boat owners while mandating better monitoring systems
to stop IUU fishing.
As of September 2021, BFAR Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Group has
reported a total of 489 apprehensions, 436 of which are apprehended fishing vehicles
including municipal boats, and small, medium, and large commercial fishing vessels.
Following the ‘OneDA’ Reform Agenda of Agriculture Secretary William Dar on utilizing
technology and innovation in the agri-fisheries sector and the DA’s guidance on
strengthening fisheries conservation measures, BFAR has been upgrading its law
enforcement capability program with cutting edge technology such as visible infrared
imaging radiometer suite (VIIRS) and Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring
System (IMEMS). Both VIIRS and IMEMS are designed to amplify the government’s
monitoring, control and surveillance of the country’s coastal waters and Exclusive
With these projects being carried out, DA-BFAR and PNP-MG are optimistic that IUU
fishing will be stopped in Philippine waters to ensure the safety of our fisherfolk and the
conservation of our marine resources.
01 OCTOBER 2021