Price of galunggong still high in markets – fisherfolk
The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) said retail price of round scad (galunggong) in local wet markets is still high with P120-P160/kilo despite the government’s promulgation that price will go down with the importation of the fishery products.
Under the Fisheries Administrative Order 195, 17,000 metric tons (MT) of galunggong will enter the country for direct market sale. First batch of imported galunggong arrived at the Navotas Fish Port last September 1.
“Contrary to government’s claim, the arrival of imported round scand does not actually stabilize the inflation; what’s decreasing further is the farm gate price of galunggong on local fisherfolk which dramatically drops to P60/kilo from P70-P80/kilo,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson, said.
“We have been telling this to the government that importation is not the solution to the soaring retail price of marine and fishery products in the market, yet our collective clamor and demand always fall into deaf ears,” he added.
The group also refuted the government’s claim that there is a shortage of galunggong, saying there will be no actual shortage if only the government will desist from indefinite declaration of closed fishing season and fish ban in major fishing grounds in the country.
A closed fishing season for galunggong will kick off in Palawan in November, alarming the fisherfolk group that it will affect the livelihood of municipal fishers in the province.