Header AD

DA Sec. Piñol: PHL Food Skyway now a go; Maiden flight to start soon - by Siena Luchansky

Available, Affordable Fish

DND, DAF FORGE AGREEMENT
TO AIRLIFT FISH TO MM, LUZON

By Manny Piñol

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Department of National Defense (DND) have agreed to work hand in hand to airlift the abundant catch of poor fishermen from the country's rich fishing grounds to the hungry markets of Cebu, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon using the C-130 Cargo Transport Aircraft of the Philippine Air Force.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has agreed to a proposal which I presented as Secretary of Agriculture and Fisheries for our departments to collaborate in implementing the Philippine Food Skyway, a strategy to connect the farmers and fishermen in the distant islands of the country to the big markets using the Air Force Cargo Transport Planes.
Siena Luchansky
PTPA Siena Luchansky
On Monday, shortly before a Cabinet Meeting which Preident Rody Duterte will preside in Malacañang, Sec. Lorenzana and I will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to officially start this unique food delivery project.

In the proposed MOA, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will cover the fuel and maintenance expenses for the C-130 Cargo Planes which will be used in the project.

The Philippine Air Force has three C-130 Cargo Planes, each capable of carrying about 20 tons of cargo.

The launching of the Philippine Food Skyway, a project which I have long dreamed of and envisioned as early as when I was still Governor of North Cotabato, will be launched next week in time with the lifting of the three-month fishing ban in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

During the peak fishing season, fishermen in Zamboanga complain that they could not sell their catch mostly Tamban which is sold for as low as P10 per kilo.

When I was in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte last week, fishermen complained that their fish catch would just rot as they could not sell it to consumers in the big market because they lack access and they did not also have enough ice to preserve the catch.

An Air Force C-130 Cargo Plane will load about 15 tons of fresh fish to placed in styrofoam boxes in Zamboanga City and bring these to the Loakan Airport in Baguio City where it will be sold to the consumers of the Cordillera in the Farmers Trading Center in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The DAF and the DND will invite President Duterte to officially launch the Philippine Food Skyway Program by opening the "Fish Festival" in the DAF-owned BAPTC which is equipped with cold storage.

The C-130 Cargo Plane which will unload the boxes of fish from Zamboanga will then be loaded with vegetables and other agricultural products from Baguio City and the Cordillera Provinces which could be delivered to Iloilo City, Cebu City, Zamboanga City and even as far as Tawitawi.

The Philippine Food Skyway Project is a concept in food supply repositioning which I designed over 10 years ago because of a problem which faced North Cotabato's fruit farmers who could not sell their produce in the big markets.

That was when I initiated the construction of an airport in M'lang, North Cotabato which has already been completed and which hopefully will be used in the Philippine Food Skyway Project.

With the launching of the Philippine Food Skyway Project, the fish catch of fishermen from Samar, Surigao, Davao, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, Tawitawi, Palawan and Mindoro could now be brought to the markets of Cebu, Metro Manila and Baguio City.

The program is not only expected to ensure the availability of affordable fish in the market but also encourage fishermen to catch more as there would already be a system to bring their catch to the market.

To support fishermen in the various fishing grounds of the country, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will continue its fiberglass fishing boats distribution program to poor fisher folks.

The Philippine Food Skyway Project will also include the airlifting of fruits and other perishable commodities from the farflung areas of the country to the big markets.

DA Sec. Piñol: PHL Food Skyway now a go; Maiden flight to start soon - by Siena Luchansky DA Sec. Piñol: PHL Food Skyway now a go; Maiden flight to start soon - by Siena Luchansky Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 8:27:00 AM Rating: 5

Post AD