Dagupan eyes massive export market for bangus
By Venus H. Sarmiento
Dagupan City (5 May) -- The tasty Dagupan bangus may soon find massive export in the international market with the operation of the newly-built seafoods processing complex in Bonuan Binloc.
Director Westly Rosario of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center which operates under the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said the complex can process at least five tons of fish a day but can hold up to 40 tons of seafoods daily.
"With the facility, we can be sure na mas lalaki ang market ng Dagupan bangus," Rosario said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency Tuesday.
Rosario clarified that the complex is not built to pose a threat to small-time processors but rather, it was built to help them. The complex, he said, was designed for bangus processing but it can also process other shelffishes and echinoderms like cucumber.
He said the complex is also open to the products of other towns and provinces.
"The facility will prioritize products from Dagupan City but to sustain its operation, we will also accept bangus from other municipalities and provinces," he said.
Rosario clarified, however, that everything that will enter the complex has to be properly inspected. Products from other towns should be from accredited producers only and must be thoroughly examined.
"Dapat alamin natin kung ano yung kinakain ng dala nilang bangus, kung saan galing, kung anong quality ng tubig kasi, maganda ang reputation ng Dagupan pagdating sa bangus and at the end of the day, sa packaging lahat ng lalabas sa facility ay may nakalagay na 'Processed in Dagupan City' kaya dapat salain mabuti lahat ng pumapasok," Rosario said. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]