Motorboat operations in Mararison,except for three compliant operators, were stopped last December by thePhilippine Coast Guard after it was informed by the MARINA that the boat ownershave failed to renew their registrations despite warnings.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The owners of the motorboats are infinancial difficulty and they need assistance from the government in order tosustain their livelihood and income and directly contribute to the flourishingtourism industry,” Condez said. Board Member Victor Condez, who chairsthe committee on transportation and communication, sponsored the resolutionduring their regular session on Jan. 16. The resolution calls for financialhelp from the office of Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda for motorboat ownersof the Mararison Community-Based Tourism Organization. Last year, the MARINA in WesternVisayas told boat operators and boatmen to register their vessels or they wouldbe considered operating “colorum” (unregistered) pump boats, adding theiroperations will be stopped if they failed to beat the Oct. 2019 deadline. “The tourism industry and thelivelihood of the people in the island of Mararison in Culasi, Antique suffereda major setback as a result of the refusal of the Maritime Industry Authority(MARINA) to renew the registration of motorboats plying Culasi to Mararison andvice versa,” Condez said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The ProvincialBoard here has requested for a P500,000 financial assistance for 142 motorboatowners on Mararison Island in Culasi town. The Mararison Island in Culasi town, Antique province. Recently, the Provincial Board has requested for a P500,000 financial assistance for 142 motorboat owners on the island “in order to sustain their livelihood and income and directly contribute to the flourishing tourism industry.” RHICK LARS VLADIMER ALBAY/PN In the resolution, Condez stated thedemand for tourist travel to Mararison Island which has been promoted as apremier tourist destination in the province. A boat owner has to pay around P20,000to register a boat and P3,000 to P5,000 to renew the registration.