Piñol to flood Metro Manila markets with tamban
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol ran into a “face palm” situation during the 1st Farmers’ Summit in Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte.
Fishermen catch tons of delicious tamban fish, but since they do not have access to cold storage or good market roads, the fish are sold at P20 for every two kilos or P30 for a huge basket.
The alternative is to let them rot.
Piñol said he sees the problem getting worse next month when the closed fishing season is lifted and more huge tamban swim into the fishermen’s net.
Piñol said the agriculture department will construct a community ice making facility in the four coastal towns of Zamboanga del Norte in June.
This will complement the P3-million Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) which is being built a few hours away.
Piñol said he will bring Siocon’s big tambans to the fish markets of Metro Manila, Baguio City, and Cebu City.
He said the only conditions he set is that illegal fishing and illegal logging be stopped.