Camiguin safeguards submarine power lines

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, March 13 (PIA) — Scuba diving experts who inspected the condition of the 13.2-KV line submarine cable along the coastline of Barangay Liong in Guinsiliban found four dislodged strands of armor protection wires, possibly due to constant rubbing of the cable against coral reefs and pebbles or by intentional cutting to use it for fishing gear.

The team likewise found part of the cable hit by an anchor as the area is often made as hiding place of fishing boats when waves are strong.

With this, restriction and entry in the vicinity is now being strictly enforced following the guidelines set and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan just recently.

The ordinance prohibits any entry of fisher folks, fishing vessels or any persons or group not authorized by the local electric cooperative.

The ordinance places the care and supervision of the area to the Camiguin Electric Cooperative, which in turn was tasked to ensure the installation and maintenance of signages in the area using buoys as markers to the designated coordinates.

It further imposes penalties in the amount of P5,000 to anyone caught violating it.

The submarine cable in Liong is the only power source connecting the island to barangay Esperanza in Misamis Oriental.

To date, public hearing among fishermen, barangay official, non-government organizations, and fishery organizations were already initiated. (PIA 10)

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