The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office I (DOST-1), through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Pangasinan, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bolinao, and Pangasinan State University (PSU) Binmaley Campus conducted a Livelihood Training in Bangus Processing at Santiago Island, Bolinao Pangasinan on June 9 and 10, 2022.

The livelihood training aimed to enable the members of Santiago Island SEA-K Workers Association of Bolinao (SISWAB) to learn new technology on Bangus Processing sunch as deboned, smoked fish and bottled bangus.

15 members of SISWAB participated in the training with the goal of helping  the association to produce additional products from the existing danggit (dried fish) industry in the municipality.

DOST Pangasinan Provincial Director Arnold C. Santos said “Bolinao is one of the tourist destinations in the province and has the market potential of producing varieties of bangus products since there is a high production of bangus in the community. This will not be the first and last time that we’ll be meeting. Together with DTI and LGU-Bolinao, DOST will help according to our capacity and mandate.”

PSU-Binmaley experts, Dr. Dominica Sajonas and Dr. Rosario Miguel discussed the proper process in making a bottled bangus and accurate procedure of the smoked bangus and other variety of fishes, respectively. On the other hand, Professor Jennie Fernandez shared her knowledge in the right deboning of bangus.

DOST 1 continuously provides Science, Technology and Innovation to communities and the production sector, particularly the micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) as part of the DOST’s 11 Points of Agenda and in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure).