One fine morning at the GenSan Fish Port Complex
When one hears about General Santos City nowadays, two things come to mind: Manny Pacquiao and tuna fish.
Well I had the chance to visit the Tuna Capital of the Philippines recently and by all means had to visit the city’s Fish Port Complex, said to be the most modern in the country built in 2006 at a cost of some US$28M.
Accompanying a delegation of Barangay Captains from Dagami, Leyte on a Lakbay Aral tour arranged by Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours, we were at the gates of the port complex a little before 6 in the morning.
The fish port is located at Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City and is officially called the General Santos City Fish Port Complex managed by the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA).
Comforming to strict and stringent health and sanitation rules of international standards, the complex is indeed modern and huge and is presently the home of several tuna canning and other fish post-processing companies. One cannot just enter the complex without any prior arrangement. And one cannot get near the heart of operations, say, the unloading and fish classification area wearing slippers (all workers are required to wear white boots, although I saw one or two getting away with it).
Here’s the scene at Market One where we found giant tuna being unloaded, weighed, classified and purchased by fish company buyers…
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