ORMOC CITY-The PNP Maritime group has expressed gratitude to Mayor Rolando Villacencio of Merida, Leyte for approving their request to amend a municipal ordinance in connection with the permit and registration of fishing vessels of 3 tons and below.

Police Major Benjamin Lodo, chief of the PNP Maritime Northern Leyte, said that the approved amendment includes a provision directing all fishing vessels that would ask for a permit should seek their office first before the municipal government would issue their permit and registration.

Major Lodo explained that there is only one reason that their office sought the LGU’s support on this matter and that is to ensure that the engines used by fishing boats are legally owned and not stolen.

Major Lodo also appealed to the fishermen and fishing operators in Merida to comply in registering their vessels and motorboats and ask permission from their concerned LGUs to avoid arrest while doing their livelihood.