Roxas sardine processors upgrading thru RFLP assistance

2 April 2012 - Twenty-five rural women are expected to benefit from an initiative to improve bottled sardines production in Barangay Dohinob, Roxas, in the Philippines’ Zamboanga del Norte province.

RLFP has supported the Roxas Sardines Livelihood Association (RSLA) by providing production inputs and training on fish drying and processing of dried fish in bottles.

RFLP’s assistance aims to increase the household income of association members venturing into dried fish production. It also seeks to maximize production by venturing into fish drying especially during lean months. The project will furthermore complement the newly-run bottled sardines processing project of the association. 

RFLP National Project Director Benjamin Francisco pledged continuous assistance and support to the project.  He advised the officers and members to make use of the equipment properly in order to sustain it.  

Francisco challenged the women’s group, “To ensure continuous supply of raw materials, you must be vigilant in protecting and conserving the fishery resources, particularly sardines.  That is key to make this venture sustainable.” 

This project started in 2009 through the support of the Congressional Office of House Representative Rosendo Labadlabad of the 2nd District of Zamboanga del Norte with the establishment of a processing facility and provision of basic equipment and utensils for sardine bottling.  The Barangay Council of Dohinob, Roxas donated the lot intended for the building.  In 2011, the Department of Labor and Employment provided financial assistance in the form of equipment and tools for the enhancement of the same.  This year, the Department of Trade and Industry will also provide training for members in order to sustain the project.  Training like skills enhancement, value addition, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), good housekeeping, entrepreneurship and financial management will also be provided to the members.        

House Representative Labadlabad emphasized, “This facility is open to the constituencies of Roxas town as a common service facility to benefit the broader community.  I am entrusting the project to RSLA as I can see how capable they are to manage and their commitment to improve and sustain the same.”

Angelita Renquijo, RSLA President, expressed the association’s gratitude to RFLP for the technical assistance which they will receive through training in fish drying and processing of dried fish in bottles.  She promised to improve and sustain the project so it can benefit other community members as well.

Members of this association previously received training from RFLP on making bottled sardines in response to a request made by the Food and Nutrition Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) and the Municipal Agriculture Office.

RSLA is now producing Spanish-style bottled sardines and will add a new variant, dried sardines in bottles following RFLP’s training. 

Virgilio Alforque, RFLP Institutional Development Specialist noted, “This initiative highlights the multi-stakeholder partnership and convergence strategy RFLP employs through collaborative engagements with national government agencies and other donors.”