BALANGA City, Bataan: Those involved in dried fish-making in this city still have no problem with the supply of salt, but said on Thursday that they were feeling the rising price of the main ingredient of tuyo or the poor man's favorite dried fish.

Balanga City, especially the fishing villages of Puerto Rivas Itaas and Puerto Rivas Ibaba, is known for its tasty tuyo.

The tuyo-makers from Puerto Rivas Ibaba and Puerto Rivas Itaas said they still have enough supply of salt from Pangasinan and Bulacan but lack of fish supply because of the bad weather and the increasing price of salt have affected them.

The price of salt at present, they said, ranges from P270 to more than P300 per 40-kilo sack.

Bernadeth Medina said the price of salt that rose from P190 per sack to P270 coupled by the low fish catch has also affected the price of dried fish.

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"Mahal na ang kilo ng tuyo ngayon dahil mahal na ang supply ng isdang halubaybay na ang malaki ay nasa P300 per kilo at ang medium sized ay P220. Kung sa palengke bibili ay nasa P280-P300 ang kilo ng medium sized at ang malaki naman P350-P380. Dati P150 lang ang kilo ng medium sized (Tuyo costs more now because the halubaybay from which it is made sells for P300 a kilo [large sized] and P220 [medium sized]. In the markets, it costs P280-P300 a kilo [medium sized] and P350-P380 [large sized]. Before, the medium-sized halubaybay cost only P150 a kilo)," Medina said.

Ronel Carlos said the supply of salt was still okay.

"Kaso nga lang, nagtaas ang asin na noon ay nasa P260 lang pero ngayon ay nasa P300 o higit pa (But salt is more expensive now at P300 a kilo or more when it used to be only P260 a kilo)," he added.

Carlos said he consumes one sack of 40-kilo salt for every cooler of fish made into tuyo.