If you are complaining about the exoribitant fish prices in Bohol, you are not alone. It has been a headscratcher, as people wonder why the price of fish in the province is relatively higher compared to neighboring provinces.
The administrator of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) may have an inkling that a cartel allegedly may be controlling the prices.
Benjie Oliva, a Boholano CDA administrator, revealed the fish commodity prices may be allegedly controlled by a few families in the province.
He minced no words that a cartel may be controlling the prices of fish, and even the price of fuel.
Oliva, however, stopped short of naming the persons behind the alleged price manipulation–raking in profits from higher-than-usual fish commodity prices and even in the fuel products being sold in the province.
Government is urged to probe the high prices since the commodities are vital to the daily lives of Boholanos. Apparently, Oliva says the efforts of government to uplift the plight of the poor have been not enough seeing how the prices of commodities are getting out of reach.
Now called the fish paradox of Bohol: many are wondering why, despite the abundance of fish supply in Bohol, prices are costlier compared to other places in the Visayas.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has been trying to probe the high prices of fish commodity in the province.
Senior Board Member Tomas Abapo Jr. moved in his privilege speech to probe the fish prices.
There was a similar move to probe the high fuel prices in the province.
The people have been frustrated about the fuel prices and moved to look into the possibility of putting up its own gasoline station to compete with the transnational companies operating in the local fuel industry.