Sorsogon distributes ‘tinapa’ for longer consumption of residents
LEGAZPI CITY –– The Sorsogon government has urged suppliers of herring fish (“tamban”) to make “tinapa” or smoked fish for longer consumption of residents affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Since March 18, the province has been distributing almost a hundred tons of fresh fish from the Bulan Fish Port Complex to poor families.
“Fresh tamban needs to be consumed within the day because it is perishable, while smoked fish could last for two weeks, especially if refrigerated,” Salvador Mendoza, the province’s information officer, said.
On Wednesday morning, 70 boxes were distributed to the towns of Barcelona, Prieto Diaz, Bulusan, and Sta. Magdalena.
Mendoza said local government units could decide whether they would distribute the goods for free or sell it at a lower price, as advised by Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
“The governor advised all the mayors to preserve their resources and strength in anticipation of the possibility of extension of the community quarantine due to COVID-19,” he added.
In Sorsogon City, the village council of Buhatan used a rolling store to sell basic goods to keep villagers at home.
Mendoza said the smoked fish may also be displayed in the rolling stores in different villages.
Edited by LZB
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