A campaign calling to boycott imported agricultural and fisheries merchandise was launched by Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya).
“The campaign to boycott imported galunggong is on. The Filipino consumers don’t deserve frozen fish when there are fresh and better-quality fishery products that our fishers and abundant marine resources could offer,” Pamalakaya spokesperson Ronnel Arambulo said.
MANILA — Together with the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women group, Pamalakaya held a protest at the Mega Q. Market in Quezon City to rebuke the massive import of galunggong to be expected this month. At least 60,000 metric tons have been bought by the Department of Agriculture.
“Opening our floodgates for imported fish inflicts serious harm to our struggling fishing industry. Its immediate impact would be felt by our local fisherfolk whose products would be outcompeted by imported fish. This importation measure that stems from liberalization policies should stop,” Arambulo said.
The group also demanded that the government impose a price cap on the fish, citing that the retail price of the product peaked at ₱280 per kilogram, more than four times the farm gate price of around ₱60 per kilogram. (HMP/The MiNT)