122 Guimaras fisherfolk train on milkfish cage culture

AQD's Mr. Renato Agbayani hands over a check to the officers of a fisherfolk organization in San Antonio Ninety-two fisherfolk from Brgys Igang, Magamay, and Sto. Domingo in Guimaras registered last June 25 at the Nueva Valencia Municipal Gymnasium for Phase 2 of the Season-long training course on milkfish cage culture.

Including the thirty that already registered in Brgy San Antonio last month, this brings the total number of participants in the training to 122.

After registration, a short program was held where Brgy. Captains gave their messages and introduced their respective participants. Hon Alex Araneta, Mayor of Nueva Valencia also graced the event and encouraged the participants to do their best to learn from the training course.

Module 1 of their training then commenced with lectures on sustainable aquaculture and milkfish cage culture followed by practicals on net cage fabrication and water quality monitoring which lasted until the next day.

Brgy San Antonio
Meanwhile, the 30 trainees in San Antonio advanced to module 2 of their training held from June 30 to July 1. The module covered the same topics as module 1 of Igang, Magamay, and Sto Domingo.

On the first day, they were also given their certificates for participating in the first module on post-harvest and marketing, which was held last month in San Antonio.

Training sessions for the participants from San Antonio are held separate from the three other barangays because of their community’s distance from the municipal gymnasium.

Phase 1 profits turned over
During their respective training sessions, TID Head Mr. RF Agbayani also handed over checks to the heads of the different fisherfolk organizations from the four barangays.

Three fisherfolk organizations from each of Brgys Igang, Magamay, and Sto. Domingo received checks worth P66,956.40 while two fisherfolk organizations from Brgy San Antonio received P33,478.20 each.

The checks represent the project share of the barangays from phase 1 of the training course which ended May last
year.

The season long training course for these four barangays in Guimaras is part of a collaborative pilot project on Mariculture livelihood program for Guimaras fisherfolks between Citi Foundation, Petron Foundation, and AQD.

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