Palawan successfully holds Seaweed Industry Summit

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Naging matagumpay ang isinagawang 2ndPalawan Seaweed Industry Summit na ginanap sa City State Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City noong Mayo 9-10, 2019.

The 2nd Palawan Seaweed Industry Summit has been successfully held in City State Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City last week.

The summit was spearheaded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, City Government of Puerto Princesa, Provincial Government of Palawan, USAID, Department of Trade and Industry, TESDA, DOST, Provincial Agriculture Office, City Agriculture Office and Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines.

Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Romeo Cabungcal sais that the summit aims to discuss the strategies in order to strengthen the seaweed industry in Palawan.

“Itong pag-conduct ng 2nd Palawan Seaweed Summit ay para magkaroon nang pagpupulong kung ano ba ang ating gagawin para mas mapalakas ang industriya ng seaweed sa lalawigan ng Palawan… Sinasabi na ang Palawan ay isa sa top producer sa MIMAROPA region and nagko-contribute siya ng 99% share on the aquaculture production ng region and top 2 sa buong Pilipinas,” said Cabungcal.

The event also featured the ceremonial turn-over of the resolution regarding the Non-use of Fertilizer in the Seaweed Industry between the memberd of the Seaweed Growers and Associations and Seaweed Network Partners, which include the Provincial Capitol.

“Base sa pag-aaral ng mga eksperto, ang paggamit ng abono lalo na yung inorganic fertilizer ay pwedeng makasira sa pagkalahatang presyo ng seaweeds o tambalang/agar-agar sa international market dahil nasisira at bumababa ang kalidad ng Raw Dried Seaweeds o produkto mula sa harvested seaweeds” the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Meanwhile, the USAID-SURGE (Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity) also vowed to support thr local seaweed farmers

“Through our project, we provide technical support to cities/provinces including Puerto Princesa and Palawan in which they developed our initiatives in strengthening the supply production and market linkages to boost the local and economic development” Brian James Matibag, Deputy Chief of Party of USAID-SURGE, was quoted as saying.