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September 1, 2006

Iloilo town holds festival to prove it’s safe to eat seafood

By Ma. Diosa Labiste

ILOILO CITY – In a show of support for its beleaguered fishing industry, the coastal town of Dumangas in Iloilo province held a seafood festival Thursday to show that it is safe to eat seafood despite the oil spill from the sunken tanker Solar I.

The festival drew close to a hundred fish vendors and their “suki” (regular buyers).

The seafood spread of grilled bangus, shrimps, oysters, mussels and tilapia, among others, was held at the town’s market and billed “Isda kag pakinhason safe kaunon (It’s safe to eat fish and shellfish).”

At a signal, Dumangas Mayor Rolando Distura and other officials dipped their hands in a washbowl and helped themselves to grilled seafood. Soon after, everyone moved in to have his or her fill.

Dumangas, 35 kilometers north of Iloilo City, is one of the areas threatened by the oil slick from the Solar I. To prevent the oil from contaminating their shore and 4,500 hectares of fishponds, townsfolk installed booms made of rice straw, old fish nets and bamboos a mile offshore.

But while the local fishing industry remains safe from the onslaught of the oil spill, incomes have dipped significantly, according to officials and fishmongers.

Consumers fear that fish and shellfish are contaminated even if the recent advisory from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said fish caught in the open waters of Guimaras Strait and Panay Gulf is safe to eat.

(Click seafood for the full story, Sept. 1, 2006.)



  1. Easily said. Inasmuch as the government has managed to duck questions about the short and long term effects of this catastrophe, how long this cleanup will take and who will manage it. The GMA attitude of keeping it quiet and they may not notice it is not helping at all. Already though the sunken tanker is still ozzing bunker oil, they are pretending that the matter is over.

    Only the people in the country side will really know. Years from now. And I am not talking about Guimaras folk alone. Already Iloilo residents are seeing initial signs of the oil spill in their area.

    We shall see. Stella keep up with this great work.

    Mabuhay ang Pilipino. pero hindi lahat. That is what I have to say.


  2. Thanks Gerry. Mabuhay ka din, wag lang PLDT. Ay

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