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BFAR, DOLE assist Sta Praxedes Gamet gatherers, vendors

Sta Praxedes, Cagayan (16 February) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 2 and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) took turns in handing over P300,000 worth of check, mechanical and helio drying facilities to the Sta Praxedes Gamet Gatherers and Vendors Association during the celebration of the town's 3rd Gamet festival on February 5, 2010.

With the theme "Gamet, yaman ng bayan pangalagaan para sa kinabukasan ng mamamayan", the festival aimed to promote the gamet industry as a major source of income in the locality. Gamet, a black seaweed that becomes flat sheet when dried, has been considered as the equivalent of Japanese nori.

The check and facilities were handed to Mayor Esterlina Flores Aguinaldo who vowed to use them to further boost their gamet industry.

Aguinaldo has expressed her gratitude to the two regional line agencies saying it is the first time of the history of Sta Praxedes to have two agencies gracing their gamet festival and bringing with them blessings for the Sta Praxedenians.

The lady mayor urged her constituents to take good care of the sea which is the source of their livelihood.

Aguinaldo has also advised them to shift to the modern way of gathering gamet saying this will help them sustain their industry.

She also encouraged them to attend trainings on processing and packaging so that their products will be processed and packaged in their own municipality and these could be sold at higher prices.

On the other hand, BFAR Technical Director Gil Adora said through the helio and the mechanical dryers, the gamet gatherers will not be hard up in drying their produce. "The cleanliness of the gamet will also be ensured, Adora said.

The BFAR official advised the Sta Praxedenians to take good care of their natural resources saying by preserving their forest resources, they can also sustain their aquatic resources.

Adora likewise urged the BFAR 2 to conduct researches on how to further improve the production of gamet to meet its high demand in the market.

The DOLE for its part, said the cash assistance to the gamet gatherers and vendors is intended for the purchase of their additional processing facilities.

Theresa Narag of DOLE said their office has been continuously providing livelihood assistance to every municipality in the region to further boost the living condition of the people. (PIA 2) [top]

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