A municipal councilor of Aborlan has proposed the installation in their town of a machine that will detect mangoes infested with pulp weevil as a measure that will allow local growers to bring out their produce to the outside market.
Councilor Perfecto Diaz of Aborlan, said in proposed ordinance the detection machine will allow growers to certify their local produce as fit to be transported outside even as the entire southern Palawan is still considered under government quarantine.
“Ito ay para malift ‘yong transportation ban at para bago itransport it is certify as clean mango fruits kasi dito lang naman ang mayroon niyan,” he said.
For around three decades now, through the Special Quarantine Administrative Order No. series 1987 by the Bureau of Plant Industry, Palawan has been prohibited from exporting fresh mangoes to areas outside the province in order to prevent the spread of the pest.
The proposed ordinance will also impose of P1 peso every kilo as a scanning fee that shall be paid by the farmers, traders, producers, distributors, retailers and marketers.
The funds that will be collected from fees, charges and penalties will be used for the maintenance and operations of the center, according to Diaz.
The local council has started deliberation on the proposal, centering on the mechanics of its implementation.