In what is a clear sign that the election fever is in the air, three Presidentiables will be headlining the list of guests expected to attend the 11th National Tuna Congress scheduled on August 27-29, 2009 in General Santos City.
Meant to open the 11th GenSan Tuna Festival commemorating the city’s 41st Charterhood Anniversary, the 11th National Tuna Congress, which is expecting 400 delegates, will somehow, be an avenue for keynote speakers Vice-President Noli de Castro, Senator Loren Legarda and guest speaker Senator Mar Roxas to insert into their speeches, their take on a number of issues, but most specifically their plans for the fishery industry in particular…. if ever elected to lead the country in 2010.
This will be de Castro and Legarda’s first Tuna Congress outing while a 3rd one for Roxas. [quote1]
Their speeches alone should be worth more than the price of the registration fee, especially for the expected 400 delegates comprising the movers and shakers of the country’s fishery industry plus the stakeholders from other tuna-producing countries, all of whom are affected not only by the worldwide financial meltdown but by the dwindling supply of tuna catch all over.
Also all ears will be the hosts from GenSan, who despite the flat volume of tuna catches upload at the GenSan Fishport, still doubled to $300 million over the past 12 years their annual tuna exports volume, due in large part to the development of value-added manufacturers (value-added products: tuna sausage, hotdogs, embutido, chicharon, etc). The presidentiables’ commitment of support for them, in any way possible, will surely be most anticipated.
According to Mr. Marfenio Tan, CEO of San Andres Fishing Industries, Inc., and president of the General Santos-based SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing & Allied Industries, Inc.,(SFFAII) lead organizer of the National Tuna Congress, the two-day event, in consonance with the theme, “Changing Mindsets towards sustainable fisheries, ” will conduct plenary sessions to address just that.
Scheduled are sessions on current management regimes & market trends, on investment opportunities along with the initiatives on tuna resource management, the industry’s socio-economic impact and accountability, fisheries and economic cooperation with various other industry players in the Pacific and in the BIMP-EAGA, updates on maritime boundary issues, safety and protection of property and life at sea, as well as the effects of the global financial crisis to the Philippine tuna industry.
The 11th National Tuna Congress will also present congress resolutions expressing the industry’s commitment and concerns towards a more sustainable and competitive tuna industry. [quote2]
A major highlight will be a Trade Exhibit at the same venue showcasing various modern technology, and services, as well as fishery products and supplies for fishing and its allied industries, from more than 60 merchants and dealers.
Entering its eleventh year now, SFFAII has been actively promoting for a more competitive and sustainable tuna sector, and perseveringly pushed for the Philippine Tuna Industry to become a considerable influence in international fisheries.
The SFFAII based in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, General Santos City, whose membership includes purse seine and handline fishing groups, tuna canners, processors and traders, and aquaculture producers, has for the 11th year now, pursued a more competitive and sustainable tuna sector, and worked to make the Philippine Tuna Industry a major influence in international fisheries.
Working closely with the national government and various government agencies, the private-sector Federation also played a role in the creation of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, a treaty-based organization aimed at conserving and managing tuna and other highly migratory fish stocks.
The 11th National Tuna Congress is co-presented by the City Government of General Santos, 1st Congressional District of South Cotabato, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, SOCSKSARGEN Area Development Project Office, Department of Trade & Industry, together with the assistance of various other supporters and development partners.
For more info, contact the SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing & Allied Industries, Inc. (SFFAII)
2/F SAFI 4 Building, Magsaysay Avenue
9500 General Santos City, Philippines
Telefax: +6383 552 9736; +6383 301 6543
all i can say is, they should do what is right and make it happen, after all, it will be for the Filipino people. i am tired of all their promises.. i can’t feel the real progress, in general perspective, many are still struggling.. hmmm, madami talaga ang mag-visit sa Gen San, syempre, Election is coming na eh..what should we expect?..
Mabuhay ang Tuna Industry ng GenSan!
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let’s just hope that out of this tuna congress – a new avenue will open for our tuna sector for them cope with the global financial crisis we are facing and the issue on dwindling catch.
go, go, go tuna sector! let the lupoy sector eat your dust. . .
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let’s all hope and pray that the stakeholders will put their acts together and find ways to sustain and strengthen the tuna industry.
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I hope we can truly get fresh, good investments for gensan out of this national tuna congress. Yeah, i think Mar Roxas & Noy Aquino will be a good tandem for this coming 2010 election. They are sincere in their intentions helping our country rise above culture of corruptions leading to good governance, the way i see it.
totally one great event and a right venue for the PRESIDENTIABLES to make “BULATIK”…
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Just like kay KUYA ORMAN leaning din ako towards MAR Roxas… I think sa lahat ng Presidentiables xa lang ang walang “excess baggage” (issues na nakadikit sa pangalan niya)…
And nakikita ko rin naman na very active si MAR in the Senate in legislating popular legislations like the controversial Cheaper Medicines Act among others…
And makikita mo rin na very sincere si mar as a person… I can’t forget nung campaign nila sa MSU – Marawi in 2004, xa ang unang dumating way ahead of other senatoriables by 4 hours… Magaling xang kumuha ng PUSO ng mga TAO…
Pero we should vote for those presidentiables na may definite plans for other vital issues like the DEBT Problem of our country and Graft and Corruption…
indeed gensan’s tuna festival is a good avenue for politicians to let’s say “campaign”…and it will favor us if they they extend help to the tuna industry.
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come to think of it, si senator mar lang ang talagang masasabi nating nakatulong sa tuna industry. talagang inaalam nya ang concerns ng tuna industry, sat down with the stakeholders and push for support from malacanang and congress. he might not be the mr. palengke that we all voted for before but right now, he’s back to being my no. 1 presidentiable.
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