In line with the declaration of Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 and to avoid illegal price manipulation and hoarding of fishery commodities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 10 conducted daily market price monitoring in its five provinces. This is also part of the Bureau’s function to ensure the availability and trend of supply and demand to come-up with concrete strategies in stabilizing the fisheries sector.
Based on the monitoring conducted by BFAR personnel, people tend to stay at home, thus less consumers buying in the market. Eventually, some vendors decreased their purchase (in volume) from the source or wholesalers in response to the decreasing number of consumers.
In the case of Camiguin Province, there are no display of galunggong as of this time because the seasonality of galunggong in the area is on July to August. Likewise, in the Province of Bukidnon, no display of galunggong in some days due to shortage of supply. The galunggong we have in Region 10 is in low supply thus we can correlate it to the seasonality and the decreasing number of fishermen fishing due to COVID-19 threat. On the other hand, the supply of bangus and tilapia in the region remain stable. The bulk of the supply of these 2 species came from aquaculture farms.