To evaluate the progress of implementation of the Technology Business Incubation (TBI) project on bamboo raft technology for oyster production, the Department of Agriculture-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (DA-NFRDI) conducted an assessment workshop on November 29, 2022 in Binmaley and San Fabian, Pangasinan.

The workshop aimed to assess the project’s design and implementation, gather lessons learned, identify factors leading to improved success and sustainability, and discuss challenges, results and impact.

Attending the workshop were members of the four-beneficiary associations, namely: Small Anchor Fishermen’s Association San Fabian Pangasinan, Inc. (SAFASFPI); Lupang Pangako Fisherfolk Association, Inc. (LPFAI); Maserbi Ya Pamilyang Pilipino (MYPP); and Samahang Manat Angat sa Lahat (SMASL). Also present were representatives from DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 1, BFAR-National Fisheries Development Center (NFDC), local government units of Binmaley and San Fabian, Pangasinan.

“In my 23 years of government service, this is the most feasible and sustainable livelihood project given to San Fabian,” said Johnny Paraan, fishery officer during the assessment workshop.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Nia Santos, study leader of TBI-3, noted that a positive change of mindset has been evident in the beneficiaries from the project being a “give-away” to a sense of ownership. She also mentioned that to date, preparation for the next cropping is underway.

Dr. Alice Joan Ferrer, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) facilitated the workshop.

The outputs of the workshop will serve as a benchmark to guide NFRDI in improving the implementation of livelihood programs that are in the pipeline. ### (Mary Nia Santos)