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No galunggong? eat vegetables, says Villar

Senator Cynthia Villar protested over the government’s decision to import more galunggong, saying that the demand could easily be diverted to other food commodities like vegetables.

“Bakit pa tayo mag-iimport? Maghanap na lang tayo ng alternative kung sinasabi ninyong may formalin ang galunggong, pwede naman tayong mabuhay nang walang galunggong. Kumain tayo ng gulay,” Villar said.

This, according to her, will help shift the demand from galunggong to vegetables while the government impose a fishing ban on certain municipal waters.

The ban, which the government implements from time to time, aims to provide a ‘breather’ to certain fishing grounds, allowing fishes to grow and prosper.

“Ang prediction nga diyan by 2050, puro nga sa aquaculture, wala na iyong sa ocean because our ocean is overfished. Kasi kailangan ang ocean merong closed season. Iyong mga time na lumalaki ang isda, December to March, kailangan kino-closed season iyan para mapalaki ang mga isda. Kasi ano naman ang makukuha mo kung huhulihin mo ang fingerlings? What will you profit from it, kaliliit noon,” Villar said.

“So pabayaang lumaki at hulihin kapag malalaki na sila because you sell fish by the kilo. Bigyan na lang ng alternative livelihood iyong mga fishermen during the closed season. At iyong alternative livelihood na iyan, kapag nag-open season na, I don’t think iiwanan pa ng pamilya nila iyan. So dalawa pa ang income nila,” she added.



 

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