The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute-Fisheries Postharvest Research and Development Division (NFRDI-FPHRDD) and Training Division (TD) collaborated with the Villar SIPAG Foundation and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region III to train small scale smoked fish processors coming from Bulacan and Pampanga on November 24, 2021 in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. 

The training titled, “Pagsasanay tungo sa Ligtas at Kalidad na Pagtitinapa para sa Mataas na Kita” was attended by 23 participants from various fisherfolk organizations, including Obando Fisherfolk Organization (OFA), Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Mangingisda sa Paombong Agriculture Cooperative (NASAMAPA Agri-Coop), and Hagonoy Fishfarmer Producers Cooperative from Bulacan, and Damayan ng mga Mangingisda sa Poblacion from Pampanga.

The activity highlighted aspects of improving fish smoking practices and promoting awareness on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). It also featured the success story of Armanda Battad, owner of Amanda’s Marine Products, an established food processing manufactirer in Balanga, Bataan.

Aside from certificates of participation, the beneficiaries were also awarded processing kits, which include a set of knives, chopping boards, mosquito forceps, and stainless-steel trays. The awarding ceremony was led by Dr. Ulysses M. Montojo, FPHRDD’s Chief, and Ms. Fernandez, Villar SIPAG Farm Foundation’s representative. Ms. Leony Fernandez attended the opening program as a representative of the Villar SIPAG Foundation. 

The training proved successful, with the fisherfolk organizations’ leaders commenting that they’ve learned a lot from the presentations and was inspired by the success story of Ms. Battad. As a parting message, they promised that they would apply all the learnings and use the provided processing kit for its intended purpose. (LMDelaCruz and CAMRamos)

Participants from different fisherfolks organizations who attended the training