WMSU to host Sardines Festival on October 9 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:08

As one of the highlights of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, Western Mindanao State University, in partnership with different sectors, will host on October 9  the 2014 Sardines Festival carrying the theme, “Sardinas: El Mas Barato y Rico Protina Comida Para di Juan.“

The grand sardines celebration will be funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic  Resources (BFAR ) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources  Research and Development ( PCAARRD ).

The festival is the culminating activity of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility ( GEF ) Sulu-Celebes Sea Sustainable Fisheries Management Project and the formulation of the Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Resource Management (ICFRM) plan for Zamboanga City which is already in the process of implementation.

Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez, director of Western Mindanao Agriculture Forestry and Resources Research and Development Council (WESMARDEC), said the chairman and consultant of the Executive Committee of the festival is WMSU President Milabel E. Ho  and Mayor Beng Climaco and Dr. Patricio Fayton of BFAR will unveil the “Panunumpa sa Dagat” Pledge Wall.

Dr. Roberto B. Torres, vice president for Research Extension Service is the  Project Director.

“The purpose of the Sardines Festival is  to educate the people on how important sardines  are and its spawning period for reproduction and ecological system. We will also recommend to the different government agencies through a resolution on how to help the affected workers on what livelihood they  will do for their daily sustainance during the three-month off fishing season of tamban (sardines),” Narvaez said.

He added that after delivering the resolution and recommendation, it’s up to the agencies on what livelihood they can give to the affected workers of the 12 canning factories and the  bottled sardines employees in Dipolog City.

Moreover, Narvaez said that participants will be lectured on alternative livelihood mechanism to avail of support for livelihood and value adding for sardines and fisheries products. — Allen Abastillas