The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released the platform Fish Tiangge which can help Filipino fishermen sell goods online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fish Tiangge is an online marketplace that can connect 6,000 fishermen with buyers from 300,000 households in the most crucial Philippine biodiversity — South Negros, the Visayan Sea in the Visayas region, and the Calamianes Group of Islands in Palawan.

The Silliman University in Dumaguete City, the first to launch the project in early April, will monitor the online platform to regulate caught fishes. The university will also ensure that the catch is from fishermen registered in their communities.

“By connecting fishers and consumers online, the US government is helping to protect fisherfolk income and prevent a food crisis, while ensuring that conservation measures are not compromised in areas that are hard-hit by COVID-19,” said US Ambassador Sung Kim.

Fish Tiangge is under the USAID’s Fish Right program, a five-year partnership between the US and Philippine governments to address biodiversity threats, improve marine ecosystem governance, and increase the fish population in South Negros, the Calamianes Island Group, and the Visayan Sea.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wet market shopping became difficult, as the government forced people to stay at home under home quarantine to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

To know more details and make transactions, visit Fish Tiangge on Facebook.

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