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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Batanes State College sustains adopt fishing village project

by Necitas G. Alconis

BASCO, Batanes, January 12 (PIA) -- The Batanes State College (BSC), in coordination with the local government of Mahatao headed by Mayor Pedro F. Poncio, has adopted Diura Fishing Village of Mahatao town, aimed at training the village fishermen or the mataws on processing of surimi products, tocino, fish ball and longganisa out of “Dibang,” or common flying fish.

The Diura fishing village has 37 families, all seasoned fishermen who are well-known in Mahatao for their abundant catch. They are all members of the Diura Fishermen’s Association.

The adoption of the said fishing village took place in 2010 and it is now catering the school’s fishing processing program with the integration of vegetable production and root crops and meat processing.

Inspired by the existing income-generating fish ponds in the village operated by the local government of Mahatao, BSC has constructed a fish laboratory farm in Diura that specializes in tilapia hatchery operation to provide the needed fingerlings aimed at boosting the aqua culture in the province.

BSC faculty member Arlene Bermejo said that as their adoptive institution, BSC is continuously providing the Diura fishing village with services and trainings on disaster preparedness, vegetable and root crops production, meat processing and fish processing and preservation.

“Common to fisher folks is preserving fish by drying. But after the fish processing training, they produced processed fish,” Bermejo noted.

Every Christmas holidays, the BSC family also expresses gratitude to the residents of Diura fishing village through program and gift giving both in kind and in cash. (TCB/NGA/PIA Batanes)

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