June 7, 2023

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Provincial Fishery Office through the “Fish on Wheels” program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is bringing fish products directly to the municipalities during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Provincial Fishery Officer-Designate Arnulfo Taberna said the project aims to ensure fish supply for the communities during restricted travel and movements due to the ECQ.

Majority of fish supply in the province come from the lowland areas.

Taberna said fish orders in the municipalities are consolidated and delivered in drop-off points through stores or cooperatives.

For two weeks now, the Provincial Fishery Ofifce has delivered a total of 2.070 tons of marine products such as tilapia, bangus, galunggong or round scad, squid, and shrimps in Bokod, Tublay, Sablan, and La Trinidad.

Taberna said the commodities are given at acquired prices. Tilapia is sold at P110 per kilogram, bangus ranges from P140 to P145/kg, shrimps from P340 to 350/kg, galunggong lalaki at P140/kg, galunggong babae at P120/kg, and squid at P120/kg.

Assorted dried fish and squid will also be delivered to Bokod, he said.

 The Fish on Wheels under the Kadiwa ni Ani program of the Department of Agriculture ensures fisherfolks’ income through direct selling to consumers and institutional market linkages. – Susan C. Aro