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Relocation, jobs await displaced Sitio Russia residents

Dagupan City (22 March) -- Displaced residents of Sitio Russia in Bunuan Binloc, this city, where the $2-million seafoods processing complex is being built are assured of jobs in the facility.

Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Jr. announced this Friday at the Asian Fisheries Academy during the commencement program for the first batch of trainees who completed the five-day training and workshop for prospective workers of the facility.

Apart from creating employment, he said the city will fulfill all the other agreed terms for the relocation of the informal settlers in Sitio Korea.

Fernandez said the seafoods processing plant will be the city's biggest anti-poverty initiative for the displaced and other disadvantaged residents in Sitio Russia.

The project will assure you self-sufficiency, opportunity and income," he said.

Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said residents were trained on the processing of milkfish into frozen boneless milkfish and smoked boneless milkfish.

He said the workshop taught them basic principles of milkfish processing - from receiving of the raw materials to marketing of the final product. "It will also improve the worker's capability and efficiency in various aspects of safety and quality control in milkfish processing," he said.

Rosario said the facility will open new doors of opportunities for both the host city and the rest of the province. "Dagupan and Pangasinan is endowed with rich aquaculture resources. We produce roughly 80,000 metric tons of bangus every year --- we practically supply in large part the requirements of Metro Manila," he said as he assured that both the present demand and the farmers' newly acquired skills will always keep them employed. (PIA) [top]

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