Carillo’s measure vs. sea mishaps turned down

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Monday, December 9, 2013

A PROPOSED ordinance mandating the installation of an automatic identification system (AIS) on all vessels coming in and out of Cebu failed to get the endorsement of the Cebu City Council committee on laws, ordinances, public accountability and good governance.

The committee chaired by Councilor Sisinio Andales, a lawyer, cited that the proposal is beyond the authority of the council.

In a report, the committee said that an ordinance should be of local application and must be clear and concise so as not to leave room for other meaning and interpretations.

The committee recommended to Councilor Gerardo Carillo, who authored the proposed ordinance, to consider several aspects.

The report explained that an ordinance must supplement a law and it must be of local application.


The penalty provision should also not exceed P5,000, as the Local Government Code only allows a local government unit to impose a maximum penalty of P5,000.

Carillo filed the proposed ordinance after the collision of the Sulpicio Express Siete cargo ship and the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas last Aug. 16 at Lauis Ledge in Talisay City. It is meant to avoid a similar accident.


The council earlier called for an executive session to discuss the matter and to find out what the maritime agencies are doing to ensure the safety of the sea travelers.

Compared to the installation of a vessel traffic monitoring and information system (VTMIS) that would cost millions, AIS would only cost smaller amount to shipowners.

VTMS would also take five years to be installed.

AIS is a tracking system that will determine the vessel’s position, location, speed, among others. VTMS, on the other hand, functions like the air traffic control system installed in airports.

It monitors and guides all the vessels coming in or leaving the port areas.

The Maritime Industry Authority 7 during the executive session had said that only foreign vessels are required to have an AIS.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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