VIRAC, Catanduanes (PIA) - In a bid to promote the crab industry in this island province, the provincial government of Catanduanes will construct a two-storey Mangrove Crab Trading Center.
The trading center will be erected at Barangay San Vicente in Panganiban, the province's biggest source of mangrove crab and crablets.
Noting that crab production and marketing is a multimillion enterprise, Nelia Teves, provincial agriculturist, said the mangrove crabs will be introduced as one of the island's prime products.
She also disclosed that the plan came after Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) conducted series of consultation workshops where it was found out that crabs is the third major commodity of the province, considering the number of people engaged in crablets and crab production and also the potentials in the market.
Teves also said that having a Mangrove Trading Center in Panganiban will help individual crab gatherers and traders to directly consolidate with the Panganiban Fisherfolks Association which will take charge of managing the trading center resulting in control of and regulation of illegal transport.
This will also add in the revenueof the province wherein the shipment permit of one peso per piece, 50 percent is the share to the province, 20% to the town and 30% for the barangay where the crablets came from.
The fund to be used for the construction of trading center is under the Intensified Building Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development component of PRDP where 80 percent will come from the World Bank, 10 percent from the DA and 10 percent from the PLGU.
The project, which will cost the government at least P2,673,163, has a total floor area of 101.64 square meters, and will be finished within 166 calendar days with 24 unworkable days.
Guamor Construction and Supply from Pangpang, Sorsogon is the official contractor of the said project.
As soon as the Notice of Award is given to the contractor, they would start the construction after receipt of the Notice to Proceed.
Meanwhile, a pre-construction conference was held on November 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 and were all the requirements before the onset of construction including the award of contract were laid out to the concerned stakeholders during the conference.
The Mangrove Crab Trading Center is the second project of the provincial government under the PRDP Program after the Abaca Fiber Processing and Trading Enterprise. (PIA5/Catanduanes)