Incoming DA chief eyes cold storage in BaSulTa PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2016 14:19

Incoming Department of Agriculture (DA) chief Emmanuel Piñol is eyeing to put up a cold storage in one of the island towns to boost the livelihood of the fishermen in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) areas.

Piñol said he will consult with the mayors in the three provinces to determine the most ideal site for the cold storage, which will also serve as the regional food terminal.

“Maraming isda sa Sulu sea, pero hindi nakakarating sa merkado (palengke). I’m intending to consult with the mayors of the island towns kung saan ilagay yung cold storage so that fishermen will no longer look for the market but will deliver (their catch) to cold storage area which will also serve as the regional food terminal,” Piñol said.

He said the fishermen will only have to fish and the government will bring their catch to the market, thereby boosting their livelihood.

He said the establishment of regional food terminal will also help stabilize the price of fish since the fishermen will no longer rely on middleman.

He believes the establishment of the cold storage will also contribute to the attainment of security in the BaSulTa areas.

Piñol was in this city on Thursday as he is conducting a region-to-region visit through his self-styled caravan dubbed as “Biyaheng Bukid.”

Piñol is conducting consultation and assessment to determine what the incoming administration should do to help alleviate the plight of the farmers and fisherfolk. —RGAAG