- Senator Ralph Recto plans to file a measure addressing high prices of fish in the market
- Recto seeks the creation of a Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Similar measures filed in the Senate are pending in the committee of agriculture and food
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, as per Manila Bulletin, is planning to file a measure seeking the creation of a Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to address high prices of fish in the market.
Recto said his proposition, too, would help ease the work of the Agriculture Secretary who presently handles the fisheries bureau; adding it would be ideal to create a separate agency for the country’s fisheries sector.
Business World quoted him saying, “In the long-term, I am proposing to create a department of fisheries and aquaculture to help address the high price of fish. It makes sense to have a secretary of agriculture to oversee 10 (million) hectare of agricultural land and a (secretary) of fisheries to oversee 250 (million) hectares of fisheries EEZ (exclusive economic zone). (I) will be filling a bill.”
There are similar measures still pending in the committee of agriculture and food, chaired by Senator Cynthia A. Villar.
Senators Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel, Loren B. Legarda, Francis N. Pangilinan, and then-senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano have already filed similar measures in the Senate.
Moreover, Recto noted the 6.7% October inflation reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also on Tuesday
He said passing rice tarrification legislation within the year can help ease inflation; also said the rice tariffs must be used to help farmers increase their productivity.