CITY TO APPLY ‘NO PERMIT, NO SAILING’ IN SAMAL
DAVAO CITY-The Davao City government will start implementing the “No Permit, No Sailing” policy for all chartered boats plying to the Island Garden City of Samal beginning April 12.
In a statement issued by the City Information Office (CIO), the “No Permit, No Sailing” policy is initiated following information that chartered boats plying from Davao City ports for the island hopping of local and foreign tourists are operating without the city permit.
Two kilometers away from Davao City, Samal is a part of the Metropolitan Davao area known for beautiful beaches and ideal for island hopping. A full day Samal Island hopping activity that lets visitors to visit Angel’s Cove, Babu Santa, Isla Reta Beach Resort, a pass by Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Wishing Island, and optional stop at Maxima Aqua Fun.
Based on the statement, the operators of the chartered boats are getting permits only from the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) government and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and none secured a mayor’s permit from the Davao City government.
Neil Michael Galaura, the Licensing Officer of the Davao City Business Bureau Office said The Business Bureau initially listed 25 chartered boat operators. He added his office already conducted an information campaign among the boat operators about the need to secure a permit from the city.
Galaura stressed that the permits issued by IGACOS were not enough since they are doing their business in Davao City since they pick up passengers here (Davao City) for their island hopping, they also need to pay regulatory fees such as mayor’s permit, regulatory fees, and other minimal fees.
He said the city has already coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard not to allow chartered boats to sail unless the operators will comply with the city policy.
Samal is being tagged the largest resort city in the country that has good beaches and houses many beach resorts. It has also numerous marine reefs and tranquil waters that continue to lure tourists. Tourism is the main source of income in the city and biggest taxes are imposed to tourism and resort industry.