ACES tags ZSCMST as new partner in Basilan dev’t project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014 11:33

Convergence is the keyword that locked in several agencies into undertaking the first ever fish processing plant and organic feedmill in Malamawi Island off Isabela City, Basilan Province.

Doc Francisco dela Pena Jr., president/CEO of Aces Polytechnic College, sought the other day from Dr. Milavel D. Nazario, president of Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences & Technology (ZSCMST), the use of a space within the sprawling ZSCMST school campus near Fort Pilar and Rio Hondo area intended for shipment of materials and equipments.

“We need an area where to temporarily store our construction materials coming from Panabo City and intended for the Malamawi project and the ZSCMST campus is most ideal as transshipment point,” Doc dela Pena said.

Dr. Nazario, a pro-development leader in the field of higher education, immediately approved Dr. dela Pena’s request paving the way for the shipment of the materials needed to jumpstart the initial phase of the construction of the project.

The project will give rise to an organic farming training center, a feed mill, aquaculture and a fish processing plant in Malamawi Island, home to the Boracay-like White Beach Resort. This competency building cum livelihood training center is a joint undertaking of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the Aces Natural Farming Institute and is supported by Anak Mindanao partylist, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), EarthSoul Solutions Inc and ZSCMST.

ATI , the training arm of the Department of Agriculture, forged a Memorandum of Agreement with Aces Natural Farming Institute, an accredited service provider of the government-run agency.

Dr. Nazario assured Doc dela Pena that she is willing to extend all necessary assistance to include the use of other school facilities should the multi-agency development project requires it.

The project, that will initially train 50 qualified individuals coming from Basilan and the other ARMM areas, is envisioned to develop competencies of the trainees in the field of natural farming technologies, create livelihood for the marginalized sectors as they produce healthy and;‘halal” compliant foodstuff.

Dr. Nazario made the commitment in her office and was witnessed by lbs Turabin, chairman of EarthSoul Solutions Inc., Dr. Jaime G. Jalon, VP for Academic Affairs , Dr. Catalina P. Martinez, Dean of ZSCMST Graduate School and Rudy Saavedra, Executive Director of the Aces Natural Farming Institute & concurrent Aces/EarthSoul Media Affairs Director. — Media Affairs, Aces/ EarthSoul Solutions