Calbayog Mariculture Zone benefits small fisherfolk
By Ninfa B. Quirante
Tacloban City (15 October) -- Some 115 marginalized fisherfolks in Calbayog City stand to reap the sweet fruits of the mariculture zone previously enjoyed only by the moneyed businessmen operating in the San Juanico Bay area.
Calbayog Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, bubbling with dozens of good news, announced this, during the coordination meeting for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Visit to this city.
This pro-poor project is only one of the nine bigger projects to be unveiled by PGMA when she graces the 58th Charter Day celebration of Calbayog City on October 16, 2006.
The mariculture zone project, said the mayor, is both funded by the LGU Calbayog City and Quedancor.
The scheme, Sarmiento added involves the establishment of fish cages to be managed by 10 fisherfolks each. The funding released by Quedancor will provide for fingerlings and sustain the feeds for the fish. A total of 15 cages have been set to involve more fisherfolks.
Once bangus is produced, Sarmiento said that the same will be processed through the women's group who were trained to debone the fish.in Barangay Matobato, this city.
The next process will include smoking and vacuum packing and when needed a cold storage before delivery.
The mayor said he opted to process the raw material for added value. This smoked fish called tinapa is the identity of Calbayog City as its One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) in support to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Quedancor said that the members of the group presently enjoying the fund release for the mariculture business has been given seminars and training .
The same group has also been issued a certification by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that they are indeed equipped with the knowledge, skills and technology to manage the mariculture business venture. (PIA-Samar) [top]