EXTEND or EXEMPT Olango Island from the Implementation of MARINA MC 2016-02.

EXTEND or EXEMPT Olango Island from the Implementation of MARINA MC 2016-02.

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Isko Gilig started this petition to Officer-In-Charge, Maritime Industry Authority VADM NARCISO A VINGSON JR and

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) under the Department of Transportation has issued MARINA Circular No. 2016-02 entitled “Revised Rules on the Phase Out of Wooden Hulled Ships Carrying Passengers in Domestic Shipping”;

MC. No. 2016-02, defined wooden hulled ships as a ship whose hull is made of wood; this includes wooden ships coated with fiberglass and other materials, and broadly includes motor bancas or motor boats with or without outriggers;

MC No. 2016-02 mandates the phase out of the operation of existing wooden-hulled ships carrying passengers in domestic shipping;

Under ANNEX A of MC No. 2016-02, ships below 15.00 gross tonnage shall be phased out on or before January 1, 2018;

MC No. 2016-02 does not mention any financial, technical, and other logistical assistance that can be tapped to assist the owners and operators to shift to steel-hulled ships;

While the need to improve the safety of all ships carrying passengers in domestic shipping is undisputed, this must be balanced with the need to ensure that the terms and conditions for the phase out of wooden hulled ships fully consider the rights and interests of all owners, operators, and end-users of this type of ships;

The phase out of wooden hulled ships poses a big problem for the residents of Lapu-Lapu City most especially those living in the islands of Olango Island, Caubian, Pangan-an, and Caohagan, where motorized wooden hulled ships serve as the only means of transportation to and from these islands;

The mandated phase out will severely affect atleast 3,000 owners, operators, boatmen, and crew of wooden hulled ships and thousands of Olangohanons: students, fish vendors, minimum wages MEPZA workers, small businesses who rely on the wooden hulled ships for their transportation.

Concretely, the phase out can lead to the following:

• loss of income and livelihood for persons employed and connected with the wooden hulled ship sector;
• disruption and decrease of available transportation services to and from the islands due to the limited availability of non-wooden hulled ships, which will inevitably affect the people’s means of going to and from workplaces, schools, medical facilities, etc;
• delay in the delivery of food, water, and medical and dental services for the residents of the islands; and
• increase in the cost of transporting raw materials or finished products to and from the different industries and business in the islands.

Cleary, the party that will be most affected by the phase out will be every Olangohanon who rely on the boats or ships to bring them to their destinations;

THEREFORE, We, Olangohanon, urgently request the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to amend Memorandum Circular No. 2016-02 to extend the phase out period for wooden hulled ships to provide enough time for the owners and operators to procure the resources to upgrade or transition to steel-hulled ships or ships with aluminum, fiberglass, or any other technologically improved hull materials;

FURTHER, Olangohanon request MARINA to allow the continued operation of wooden-hulled passenger ships serving the Angasil to Olango Islands (vice-versa) and Punta Engaño to Olango (vice-versa) routes including to and from the nearby islets of Caubian, Pangan-an, and Caohagan since this route is not fully served by operators of ships whose hull is made of steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and other non-wood material, and because there are no other alternative passenger shipping services in these routes;

FURTHERMORE, Olangohanon earnestly request MARINA to provide funding assistance to all affected wooden-hull ship operators and owners, whether in the form of a loan or grant, to enable them to have the funds to purchase ships with hulls made of steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and other materials;

We are not against Modernization of our Sea Transportation, we are ONE WITH THE PRESIDENT but we are not FINANCIALLY READY.

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