New Tacloban fish port now ready for trading

June 10, 2015 5:41 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, June 9 — The new city fish port is now ready for occupancy, but the process has been hounded by opposition of fish traders to transfer to the new facility.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional (BFAR) Director Juan D. Albaladejo said the city government and the national government through the Philippine Fishery Development Authority are finalizing co-management plans to operate the port.

“It’s up to the city government to really push for the transfer of the trading center because there are oppositions,” said Albaladejo, whose agency was tasked to build the facility.

The fish port will boost food safety and improve the handling fish products, but traders reject the project due to government regulations that may result to reduced income.

But Ernesto Calderon, in charge of the fish dealing business in Sagkahan district, said that they do not want to be transferred to the new fish port because of high cost of rentals.

“We want to stay here because we can freely do business here,” Calderon said.

The new fish port complex is located in a five-hectare old bus terminal area has a landing; multi-purpose wharves; lay-by; port bains; navigational aids; fish market; refrigeration building; water and power supply system; maintenance shop building; parking area and administration building.

“The aim is to have a big port then do all the food safety measure so that spoilage of fish will 95 percent be reduced or totally eliminated,” Albaladejo said.

Before Yolanda struck, the national government has already completed the PHP50-million fish port project and was scheduled for turnover in December 2013, but it was damaged by strong winds and storm surges.

The BFAR asked for PHP3 million outlay to reconstruction the facility. It was completed early this year, but until now the port is still non-functional. (PNA)

LAP/SQM/IRISH O. ALONZO, LNU INTERN

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