VIGAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) - - Some 14 members of the Ikan iti Sulvec Dur-as ti Asosasyon or ISDAlicious, an organized association of Barangay Sulvec in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, recently underwent a training on bottled fish products at the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC) – Narvacan Campus.
It was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Ilocos Region, through its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Ilocos Sur as part of the implementation of its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program in support to the National Task To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Engr. Jordan L. Abad, office-in-charge of the PSTC Ilocos Sur said, “The activity is part of the Livelihood Intervention of the CEST program which aims to increase the income of the community through the provision of appropriate training and technology interventions to insurgency-affected areas.”
Abad said the participants were capacitated on bottling bangus processes and received processing equipment such as a unit chest freezer, a stainless table with under shelf, a stainless table with double sink, and 1,032 bottles as initial packaging materials with complete accessories among other kitchen utensils.
“Agyamyaman kami iti amin nga tulongyo tapno makarubwat kami iti panagprocessomi ti ikan,” Encarnita C. Prangan, association President, told the DOST. (We are very thankful for your help for us to start with our venture, which is fish processing)
ISDAlicious was organized by the DOST-1 in 2021 after conducting a training on smoked fish and bagoong processing for its members.
They were closely monitored under the CEST-ELCAC program wherein they started producing smoked bangus and bagoong and are now upgraded with the training and provision of equipment, the DOST said.
Narvacan Sangguniang Bayan Member Jovenniano B. Ampo, Jr. likewise expressed his gratitude to the DOST, saying, “We are very glad and grateful that DOST brings this livelihood training and is always here to support our endeavor in Narvacan, specifically in Barangay Sulvec.”
Dr. Emed F. Manzano, campus administrator of the ISPSC-Narvacan Campus, said they are coordinating with the association to allow them to use a laboratory room within their campus for the fish processing endeavors as part of their Gender and Development initiatives after knowing the adoption of training organized by DOST last year.
“You are very lucky and blessed as you are assisted by DOST in this endeavor as you are equipped with training and equipment for you to increase your income,” Manzano said.
Engineer Abad then assured to the beneficiaries the continuous support of the DOST to their endeavors.
“We are continuously providing you with appropriate interventions that will support this venture, we are together with you in this undertaking,” he said. (JCR/JPD/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)