As the peak of the typhoon season ends, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Regional Fish Ports (RFP) netted an aggregate unloading volume of 26,208.13 metric tons (MT) of fish throughout the rainy month of October 2022.
Despite the recent devastation of severe tropical storm Paeng which seriously affected provinces and cities in the south, the PFDA – Zamboanga Fish Port Complex (PFDA-ZFPC) recorded a significant increase in its monthly unloading volume. Data showed that the Zambo port delivered 665.04 MT of fish (81.26% increase).
Zamboanga City has sustained heavy damages and losses in infrastructure and agriculture due to Paeng. Nevertheless, the PFDA-ZFPC continued its operation and fulfilled its mission to deliver an adequate supply of fish to its consumers.
Moreover, the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC) has recovered from last month’s decline. Records showed that the port doubled its monthly record in October at 479.54 MT (111.76% increase).
Subsequently, the PFDA – Iloilo Fish Port Complex (PFDA-IFPC) also recorded an increase in monthly unloading after delivering 1,783.04 MT of fish, a 10.09% increase.
In addition, the PFDA – Lucena Fish Port Complex (PFDA-LFPC) rushed into the rain to provide an ample supply of fish to its clients and stakeholders. The province of Quezon is among the many areas directly affected by Paeng. Still, the Quezon port delivered 1,805.09 MT (5.79% increase) of fish.
Meanwhile, two of the top-performing ports in terms of fish unloading have shown great work this month despite scattered heavy rains. The PFDA – General Santos Fish Port Complex (PFDA-GSFPC) and the PFDA – Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) unloaded 11,461.11 MT and 9,643.42 MT of fish, respectively.
Furthermore, the PFDA – Davao Fish Port Complex (PFDA-DFPC) and the PFDA – Sual Fish Port (PFDA-SFP) also showed tenacity amidst severe weather conditions. Data showed that the ports delivered 243.85 MT and 127.05 MT of fish, respectively.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the peak of the typhoon season is July through October, when nearly 70 percent of all typhoons develop. With that, all PFDA RFPs are ramping up operations to meet the demands of consumers in the remaining months of 2022.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division)