BFAR to fish transporters: Call us when not allowed through checkpoints

June 16, 2020 at 9:04 am Leave a comment


SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Region called on fish transporters to call up the BFAR offices if they are not allowed to pass through quarantine checkpoints,  Segundina Gaerlan, officer in charge of BFAR region I office, said.

Gaerlan said the office has been coordinating with the Local Government Units about the need to allow unhampered passage of fish deliveries, including trucks and refrigerated vans, to the National Capital Region and other places/6o 64.

Fish and fish products are included in the agricultural products that should be allowed to pass through the “food lane,” as detailed in the memorandum circular issued by Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

The circular exempted trucks and suppliers  from restrictions set by the local government units (LGUs) from point of origin to the destination area and vice versa.

But Gaerlan advised the fish traders to bring the documents needed by shippers when transporting products from point of origin to other places.

These are food pass issued by the BFAR, food pass accreditation, OR/CR of the vehicle, certificate of employment, Local Transport Permit, copy of the Department of Agriculture Circular and copy of the Department of Interior and Local Government memorandum.

Those transporting live shrimp, tilapia and seaweeds also need to get health certificates of the products, Gaerlan said.

The BFAR region I office has issued 186 food passes to traders transporting fish to different provinces, since March 14.

The passes are meant to ensure that movement of fish and fish products would be unhampered during the 30-day quarantine period.

The BFAR has also issued a total of 467 Local Transport Permits (LTP), 218 of which are for traders bringing fish and fish products to National Capital Region.

The LTP is for domestic movement or authorization for an individual to transport fish and aquatic products, ensuring that the products being transported are safe for human consumption.

The 418 LTPs covered  1,529,707.50 kilos of fish, valued at P202,589,625.

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