Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), through the PFDA – Bulan Fish Port Complex (PFDA-BFPC), distributed approximately 1.16 metric tons (MT) of tamban (bali sardinella) to Mount Bulusan eruption victims from the municipalities of Juban and Irosin, Sorsogon on June 16, 2022.
Following consecutive phreatic eruptions of Mt. Bulusan on June 5 and 12, the PFDA delivered 29 boxes of tamban to affected residents in the barangays of Bacolod, Puting Sapa, Buraburan, and Catanusan in Juban. The relief team also went to Brgy. Cogon in Irosin to provide them with a much-needed food supply.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), almost 0.59 percent of the fisheries sector has been affected by volcanic emissions in the province. The Department said that Mt. Bulusan’s explosion also cost the fisheries sector around 1.7 MT of tilapia.
As of today, Mt. Bulusan remains under Alert Level 1 (low level of volcanic unrest), but residents are still being urged to move and stay in safer areas as the condition improves.
(Mark Angelo N. Perez – Public Information Division with report and photos from Jakim Timothy F. Golimlim and Aldrin Hizola of PFDA-BFPC)