By Manila Standard

 

The Atimonan Coastal Food Production Association (ACFPA), with the help Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E), is not letting the bad news of increasing COVID-19 cases, affect its fledgling Spanish sardines business.

The group recently set its sights on coming up with new, tastier, and safer products from the seaside community. With the help of (A1E), a subsidiary of Meralco PowerGen Corporation which is  building 1,200-megawatt (MW), highly efficient, low emission (HELE) coal plant in the area, local merchants underwent a fish processing training program.

The activity focused on helping the ACFPA upgrade their products, was led by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region IV-A and the Office of Municipal Agriculture (OMA). Participants learned various methods of fish processing to produce other products including bagoong, milkfish in oil, gourmet tuyo, and tinapa, deboned bangus and fish patty.

“We want to provide livelihood intervention and capability building to sustain the food supply chain in the agri-fishery sector,” explained Marilou B. Mosqueda, BFAR aquaculturist.