Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala expressed optimism that Romblon has the potential to supply fish products to Boracay and other nearby tourist destinations during his visit at the Looc Fish Sanctuary and Fish Pen.
THE Department of Agriculture has earmarked P2 million for the development of a multispecies breeding station to improve existing fishery technologies and maximize potentials of the fishing industry in Romblon province.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the Marine Breeding and Research Center would be established in a 2-hectare coastal land in barangay Canduyong, Odiongan.
The coastal area of Canduyong was the most suitable place to put up the project since it was typhoon and pollution-free, Alcala said.
"This is part of President [Benigno] Aquino [3rd]'s directives for us to go to the farthest barangay and extend government assistance. We want the people to feel the assistance of the government," he added.
Alcala added that under the Master Development Program of the government a team of experts from Agriculture department would visit the province to assess and look into possible agricultural projects for the residents.
During a site visitation, Alcala instructed Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Malcolm Sarmiento to closely coordinate with the provincial government of Romblon and fast track the release of the funds.
Sarmiento said that the operation of the Center would be supervised by the bureau in close coordination with the provincial government-the operations would include research and experimentation as well as breeding, propagation and distribution of spawners, fry and fingerlings.
"We will also seek the assistance of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center because of their expertise in aqua research and development," Sarmiento said.
Besides job generation, the center seeks to improve existing fishery technologies and maximize potentials of the fishing industry.
By: James Konstantin Galvez