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Guimaras milkfish project

PHILIPPINES - Milkfish Culture and Harvest is the hot topic for the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department end of season Training Course.

The pilot project, which started in October, will end with Guimaras fish producers at the SEAFDEC/AQD Igang Marine Station in Nueva Valencia.

The course will end with a harvest and distribution of certificates to trainees from the four barangay beneficiaries of Nueva Valencia. Nicasio Alcantara, Petron chairman and CEO; Malu Erni, executive director of Petron Foundation Inc.; Sanjiv Vohra, Citi country officer; Guimaras Governor Felipe Nava; Nueva Valencia Mayor Alex Araneta; and AQD chief Joebert D. Toledo will attend the closing ceremony.

In July 2007, the Petron Foundation Inc. and SEAFDEC/AQD signed an agreement on a pilot project on milkfish cage culture as a livelihood program for fisherfolk affected by an oilspill in the area. The project was a collaboration also with Citi Foundation/Citi Philippines and the Province of Guimaras.

Ellen Hardy

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