Bayani Fredeluces, executive director of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc., said that during the tuna congress on August 31 to September 1, discussions will revolve around “latest developments in the international and domestic tuna industry. Policy resolutions to make the country’s tuna industry become more competitive in the world tuna industry would be brought to the attention of concerned government agencies.”
He said the congress would give domestic and foreign industry players a chance to forge alliances or business partnerships.
The two-day event, part of the city’s week-long tuna festival, includes corporate presentations, technology fora, and tuna/fisheries products and services exhibit.
The local government unit has allocated two million pesos for the tuna festival, which last year was cited as one of the five best festivals in the country.
Thomas Haw, tuna festival director, said he has met with various event managers to ensure that this year’s festival would be livelier.
“New events will be introduced this year to give the residents and visitors more excitement and fun,” he said.
The General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. expressed strong support to the holding of the tuna congress and festival.
The holding of the annual tuna congress this September is just one of the two big events that will be held in this “Tuna Capital of the Philippines.”
The other one is the Mindanao Business Conference, a gathering of prominent government and business leaders in the island.
The tuna congress is a partnership between the tuna federation, the city government, the South Cotabato first congressional district office, Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Trade and Industry and the SOCSKSARGEN Area Development Project Office.
This city’s economy is largely dependent on the tuna industry, which provides employment to tens of thousands of people here and in nearby areas. It accounts for the bulk of the tuna industry, which has an estimated value of $420 million.
Six of the country’s eight tuna canneries are based here. (MindaNews)