MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, May 3 (PIA) — The local government of Mambajao will carry out a P.5-million bottled sardines project to back the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) beneficiaries who have undergone training in sardines processing.
Town Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo will lead the management and operation of the project until it becomes a viable enterprise after which it will be turned over by the local government for a community-based operation.
The project involves the production of bottled sardines from mansi or tamban specie, which is abundant in its municipal waters.
The local government says the catch of this kind, although seasonal, often exceeds the consumers’ demand. This is where the need for processing comes in, to put an added value on the commodity rather than selling it at a very low price.
For starters, the enterprise will hire the services of the Kalipi members. The processing center will be located at Sitio Esperanza in Barangay Tagdo inside the vicinity of the Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort.
It is in partnership with the Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP), which approved the release of the P.3-million funding assistance, while the provincial and municipal government covered the remaining fund requirement of the project.
CRMP is funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) to establish an integrated resource management system.
A total of P3-million worth of business proposals has been approved and funded in the province. (PIA10)