Capitol plans Crab Trading Center to regulate rampant crablet trading
posted 27-Nov-2018  ·  
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With the promotion of the mangrove crab as one of the island’s prime commodities, the provincial government of Catanduanes is pushing for the construction of two-storey Mangrove Crab Trading Center that would also house the Office for Mangrove Crab Production and Marketing Enterprise.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and other partner agencies, the Cua administration plans to build the center at barangay San Vicente in the municipality of Panganiban, which is known for its abundant mangrove crab and crablet resources.

According to provincial agriculturist Nelia Teves, while crab production and marketing is a multimillion enterprise, Catanduanes is not known for its rich crab industry. Many cities like General Santos, Roxas and Masbate and other provinces are buying crablets in the province and marketing fully-grown crabs without mentioning its source.

“Sa data, hindi na-mention ang Catanduanes, na galing sa atin yung crabs na pinalaki from crablets,” Teves said.

She also shared why they came up with the idea to have a trading center for crablets.

“Base sa series of consultation workshops na pinag-conduct kan PRDP, it was found out that the mangrove crab is the third major commodity ng province, considering the number of people engaged in crablets and crab production and also the potentials sa market,” she said.

Regarding the benefits of having the center in Panganiban, Teves said that, with the help of the project, the individual crab gatherers and traders will directly consolidate with the Panganiban Fisherfolks Association (PFA), which will take charge of managing the trading center.

“In that case, makakuha kita nin tamang data and mare-regulate din natin itong illegal transport ta duman na talaga maagi,” she emphasized.

“So magkakaigwa ning dagdag na revenue for the province wherein itong shipment permit na one peso

per piece, igwa siya nin sharing na 50% sa province, 20% sa munisipyo and 30% for the barangay where the crablets came from,” she disclosed.

Funds for the construction of trading center will come from the Intensified Building Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (IBUILD) component of PRDP, with 80% contributed by the World Bank, 10% from the DA and 10% from the Provincial LGU.

With a total project cost is P2,673,163.93, the building will have a total floor area of 101.64 square meters and is expected to be finished within 190 calendar days by the contractor, Guamor Construction and Supply based in Pangpang, Sorsogon.

A pre-construction conference was held on Nov. 8, 2018 at the Provincial Administrator’s Conference Room to discuss the Implementation Management Agreement (IMA) as well as the roles and responsibilities of the contractor, the provincial government and the DA under the PRDP.

Likewise, all the requirements before the onset of construction including the award of contract were laid out to the concerned stakeholders during the conference.

So far, the Mangrove Crab Trading Center is the second project of the PLGU under the PRDP Program after the Abaca Fiber Processing and Trading Enterprise. (G.O. Information Unit)

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