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Petron to begin stocking of fish cages in Guimaras

THE PHILIPPINES - As part of its commitment to give more livelihood opportunities to Guimarasnons, Petron will begin fingerling stocking of two of the three fish cages it established at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) area in the town of Nueva Valencia before the end of August. Initially, the target beneficiaries will come from four baranggays namely Igang, Magamay, Pandaraonan, and Dolores.

Petron signed a Memorandum of Agreement with SEAFDEC last June 15 providing seed capital for the establishment of the mariculture farm.

"The establishment of this mariculture farm in Guimaras underscores our desire to provide a viable, long-term livelihood assistance that will directly benefit fisherfolk. This will provide a more reliable source of income while preserving the environment," Petron Foundation Executive Director Malu G. Erni said.

Several representatives from each baranggay will receive hands-on training including the construction of fish cages, stocking of fingerlings, feeding, maintenance work on the fish cages, harvesting and packaging for shipment to ensure that the program is sustainable. The third fish cage will be constructed by the trainees to give them additional knowledge on mariculture farming.

Source: The News Today