DTI holds fish, fish products industry forum in Dipolog PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 18:24

DIPOLOG CITY – Bottled sardines manufacturers and processors as well as dried fish suppliers were gathered at the Top Plaza Hotel here Wednesday for a forum organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the fish and fish products cluster.

Assistant Regional Director Joseph Florig of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-9 presented to the participants the benefits from selling fresh fish rather than dried fish.

Florig also asked the fish industry stakeholders not to catch small white sardinella locally known as “tamban” fish explaining that the fish vendors could have more supply if they would wait for the right time.

In the same gathering, industry cluster regional coordinator Engr. Rolando G. Acuna presented the 2015 Industry Cluster Development Plan 2015.

He also said: “DTI plans to conduct personal financial literacy and management seminar workshop for the stakeholders in fish industry and that part of the development plan is the creation and administration of a facebook page in order to advertise and market their fish products.”

Moreover, the action plan also provides the stakeholders with strategies and policies as well as access to finance and market to improve productivity and efficiency, and to strengthen the business management.

“The government is here to finance your trainings and seminars, all you have to do is to sit down, absorb, internalize, adopt and put into practice what you have learned,” Acuna stressed.

Representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) also attended the said forum. — FPG/MAA/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte