Ban on selling salmon, pampano questioned

Some lawmakers have calmed down on the order of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to ban the sale of imported salmon and pampano in markets and supermarkets.

Sen. questioned why small vendors of imported are being heated in the policy.

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“Ang mga mayayaman na restaurant at hotels nakalusot sa pag-i-import ng isda pero ang mga maliliit na tindera sa palengke, hindi puwede, at bakit?” said Tulfo.

“Malinaw na malinaw na discrimination po ito laban sa mga maliliit na tindera sa merkado. BFAR went beyond the provision of the law,” he added.

Sen. favors not implementing the order and amending it.

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Meanwhile, Cavite Rep. Elipidio Barzaga wants to investigate the issue.

Barzaga said he wants to know if the Constitution has been violated and if the policy in question will benefit the majority.

The Office of the Ombudsman previously investigated why the BFAR is only now implementing the order, which is in accordance with Fisheries Administrative Order No. 195, although it was signed in 1999.

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BFAR is said to be ready to face the legislators.

Ban on selling salmon, pampano questioned

“Igagalang po namin at makikipag-cooperate po kami sa anumang investigation,” said Nazario Briguel, the spokesperson of the bureau said.

“We are here to implement whatever existing policy we have unless otherwise amended na… we are compelled and held responsible for implementing such policy,” he added.

BFAR also clarified that frozen and vacuum-packed imported salmon and pampano are included in the ban.

Supermarkets such as SM, Robinsons, and Puregold have announced that they will comply with the policy.

The deadline given by the BFAR is until December 3 to reduce the remaining supply of imported salmon and pampano before the bureau starts confiscation starting December 4.

of the Ombudsman is investigating why BFAR is only now enforcing the ban on the sale in markets of imported fish, such as pampano and salmon, without certification.

But the Ombudsman wants to know why the order is being implemented only now when the order was signed in 1999.

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