LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Sept. 23 (PIA) — Two provincial employees will represent the Philippines in a month-long seminar on Aquaculture and Technical Extension for Developing Countries at the People’s Republic of China.
This developed as Hon. Li Kewu, consul and head of post of the Chinese consulate in Laoag City, asked Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. to send two qualified employees who will join other 44 countries in the seminar slated on September 25 to October 24 at Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province.
Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya recommended Aquacultural Technologist Alvin Soriano and Agricultural Technician Melvin Dawn Espino who have met the requirements of the Ministry of Commerce of China.
The Chinese government, thru the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center of Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences will sponsor their international round trips and transfers, accommodation and traffic costs, accidental insurance, medical treatment pursuant to relevant regulations and daily expenditures.
Soriano, also a tour guide at Bolinao Fish Farm, said that during his interview for a Chinese visa application in Laoag City, Vice Consul Li Qingyao told him that they visited Gov. Espino at the Capitol last February and that they were impressed with the aquaculture program of the province.
Qingyao also assured the governor that they would choose Pangasinan as among the participants should there be any seminar on aquaculture in China.
True enough, Soriano and Espino will first experience autumn in China in an all-expense free trip plus the privilege of learning comprehensive technologies and various fishery management systems in the field of aquaculture, hatchery, ecology, economics, fish health and nutrition that can be replicated in the province and in the Philippines as a whole.
Marginal fishermen and small scale fish farmers depend on Pangasinan’s vast resources of freshwater, communal water of about 9,000 hectares and around 1,200 hectares of freshwater sporadically located in all 48 local government units of Pangasinan.
The two participants said the invitation would not be possible if not for the various agricultural programs of the provincial government that captured the attention of visiting officials from other countries.
Such programs include the renovation and upgrading of all government-owned agricultural stations, dismantling of illegal fish pens and fish cages, massive river clean-up drive, mangrove reforestation projects among others. (JCR/AMM-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO)