Jul 8, 2020

Dried fish vendor laments loss of income due to COVID-19

Due to the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon, vendors are among the first who have observed its effects.

Dried fish vendors in the city’s public markets are lamenting their income losses because of the absence of tourists in the city.

The dried fish section in the New Public Market is one of the most visited by tourists and guests visiting Puerto Princesa. But due to the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon, vendors are among the first who have observed its effects.

Jhonna Garduce, one of the 48 stall operators in the dried fish section, said that compared that the absence of tourists hit their income.

“Kaunti na lang din ang bumibili sa atin sa ibang section siguro sa bigasan at gulay ay okay sila kasi yon talaga ang unang binibili ng mga tao pero dito sa amin, tingi-tingi na lang, kaunti na lang benta namin sa isang araw,” she said.

She said that as the operation of the market will now be cut until 12 noon, she eyes a much lower income due to the ECQ that will end on April 14.

“Malaki, siguro kung dati na kumikita kami ng 100 percent, ngayon baka five percent na lang, ang layo talaga ng kita namin,” she said.

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