Sardine manufacturers worry over supply amid Zambo standoff
MANILA, Philippines - Sardine manufacturers are worried that if the situation in Zamboanga lingers, it will result in loss of income for their workers and eventually a "shortage" in supply.
Sardine Association of the Philippines president Cezar Onjie Cruz said 12,000 workers rely on the sardine industry in Zamboanga, plus with their families -- which means around 120,000 people are affected.
While there is adequate inventory of sardines in Luzon and Visayas, the supply for mid-next year will be affected if the standoff continues and the city's shutdown is prolonged.
Cruz said there is fish supply in Zamboanga canneries but logistics will be hard if workers do not come to work and no deliveries nor shipment is made.
Cruz added unless there are unscrupulous businessmen who will hoard and keep supply to create an artificial shortage, the situation in the near future will still be normal.
Fishing stops from December to March to let the tamban spawn, which is why manufacturers store as much fish as they can to produce enough stocks until the fishing season resumes in April.