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PIA Press Release
2007/09/05

Commentary: 'Alien' bangus fools unwary buyers

By Danny O. Sagun

Dagupan City (5 September) -- It's good the city government is moving to contain the proliferation of "alien" bangus in the city's fish market. Yes, many have been fooled to buy milkfish that tastes like mud maablir.. But the problem is not only the taste. The flesh of the alien bangus is hard or rigid unlike that of the Bonuan bangus which is soft

Mayor Al Fernandez wants proper labeling of the milkfish sold in the bagsakan area in the Magsaysay market. Such measure will properly inform buyers whether the fish comes from the fishponds of the city or from other areas. We learned that milkfish from as far as Laguna and Bulacan find their way to the Magsaysay market.

Vice-Mayor Belen Fernandez, for her part, wants total ban of the alien bangus from city markets. She wonders why our traders and consignacions opt to sell such alien bangus when the province already produces enough milkfish for our own consumption. The province, thru the fishpens in Bolinao and Anda, also ships its produce to Manila.

This writer can only shake his head, amused by the remarks of a barangay kagawad-fish trader in a radio interview recently. The question was pointblank why he and his fellow traders virtually hoodwink buyers by not telling the truth about the kind of bangus they are selling. His evasive answer was that he could not prevent buyers from picking their choice.

I go along with the position of the vice-mayor. The alien bangus must be banned from the city markets. Alien, we mean, milkfish produced outside the province. It is just all right to allow the produce of those fishpens from Bolinao, Anda and other Pangasinan towns enter the city markets. But proper labeling should be strictly observed as Mayor Al wants to give consumers enough options.

The city council is thus tasked to act fast and come up with an ordinance that will regulate the sale of bangus in our markets. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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