THE Lapu-Lapu City Government ordered a halt yesterday to the operations of a yellow submarine, one of Cebu’s newest tourism attractions, that ferries passengers to view Mactan Channel below the surface.
What prompted it? A video, shot by a diver, which showed the vessel hitting a coral reef, causing some pieces to fall off.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza ordered the Cebu Yellow Submarine Undersea Tour Operation’s business permit suspended immediately.
She also ordered the firm to “cease and desist from operating the submarine pending investigation,” as it violates Republic Act 8550, otherwise known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1989.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) also ordered the same company to explain why it should not be penalized or fined for allegedly damaging some coral reefs.