Go vows sustainable fishing, support for tuna industry
(The Philippine Star) - May 2, 2019 - 12:00am

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go has vowed support for the fishing industry, particularly tuna, amid challenges such as dwindling stocks, climate change and economic pressure.

General Santos City is the largest producer of sashimi-grade tuna and earned the distinction as the tuna capital in the country.

The city also accounts for the second biggest daily catch after Navotas.

Go thanked residents who poured on the streets, cheered and waved at him as his motorcade passed during his visit on Tuesday. 

“Maraming salamat po sa mga kapitbahay ko dito sa General Santos City. Masarap po sa pakiramdam na makita ang napakainit na pagtanggap sa akin, kahit sobrang init ng panahon,” he said. 

If elected senator, Go said he would push for measures that would ensure a sustainable fishing industry.

He said he would also propose free livelihood training for fishermen and their family members to equip them with skills to augment their income during lean season.  

Go is calling for improved access to low-interest credit and fishing equipment. He said he is also looking into the possibility of putting up a farmers and fishers pension fund to provide financial support for those too old to work.

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