MARINA waives registration, filing fees for new fishing boats in Yolanda-hit areas

MANILA, (PNA) — In line with the ongoing reconstruction efforts in the Eastern Visayas, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) announced that it is waiving the payment of registration, filing, processing fees for newly-built motorbancas and fishing boats in Tacloban and other areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda” last Nov. 8.

Maximo Mejia, Jr., MARINA administrator in a statement Saturday, said craft under exemption must weigh below 35 gross tons.

Exemption period starts July and will end on December.

He added this includes licensing of seafarers manning such ships, for the period July to December.

This directive is pursuant to Section 12 (a) of Presidential Decree 474, Section 12 of Executive Order 125-A, Section 10 of Republic Act No. 9 295, and as part of MARINA’s continuing contribution in the reconstruction/ rehabilitation of Tacloban and other areas in Central and Eastern Visayas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda”.

“A simplified procedures and acceptable documentary requirements specified under MARINA Advisory 2013-16 as extended by MARINA Advisory 2014-12 on National MARINA Mobile Registration, Licensing Documentation and Franchising of Motorbancas and Fishing Boats below 35 gross tons shall be adopted,” Mejia noted.