Cynthia fed up with people asking her to fix their GG imports: 'Kung mahal na, eh di wag kumain!'

Senator Cynthia Villar (photo from ABS CBN) and Galunggong fish from Google

Senator Cynthia Villar chair of the Senate agriculture and food committee, reiterated on Tuesday after the Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to import galunggong (round scad) due to increasing prices due to high in demand but lack in supply.

Villar is cannot understand on why most Filipinos insist on eating the poor man’s fish even though there were other fishes in the market that were cheaper and affordable.

People were even asking her to help them secure import permits to bring in galunggong in our market despite higher prices.

“Yang galunggong na yan masyadong kontrobersyal. Gustong gusto nila magimport, may naglalakad pa sa akin na bigyan daw sila ng import permit sa galunggong,” said Villar.

“Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong, eh ‘di wag kumain ng galunggong. 
Kumain ng other means which are cheaper and available. Dami namang choices bakit ba ini-insist ‘yan,” she added.

Due to seasonal deamand and the three-month closure of fishingzones in Palawan and Zambales fish prices have skyrocketed.

“Bakit ba gustong-gusto ‘yung galunggong kung kulang ang galunggong? Eh lalong nae-encourage ‘yung price increase. Ba’t ayaw kumain ng gulay?” Villar added.

Prices of galunggong have nearly doubled to P280 per kilo. The DA has approved the importation of 45,000 metric tons of galunggong and other small pelagic fish. They are planning of approving a second batch of imports of up to 100,000 MT according to reports.

Source: Politiko

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