Barangay Balintad, Manticao to benefit from tilapia farming extension project of MSU at Naawan

by Giame Mercado-Solde | February 17, 2022

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Universities play an important role in their communities by creating prosperity through research and extension. True enough, Mindanao State University at Naawan, a university committed for the advancement of the community, launched a new extension project for the community of Barangay. Balintad in Manticao, Misamis Oriental. The extension initiative is called TILAPIA Project (Tilapia Integrated Livelihood Advancement for Poverty and Income Alleviation) which hopes to help provide more families in the community with additional income especially that the country is still in the middle of the pandemic.

The launching of the Tilapia Demonstration Farm, an extension project of MSU at Naawan in partnership with the local government unit of Manticao was launched on February 16, 2022.

During the launching of the project, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by MSU at Naawan officials Prof. Renoir A. Abrea, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension; Prof. Mariefe B. Quiñones, Director for Extension; and Mr. Eugene P. Moleño, Community Development Specialist and the local government unit of Manticao headed by Manticao Municipal Mayor Hon. Antonio H. Baculio together with Ms. Clevic Irish L. Habil, Municipal Agriculturist, and Mr. Paterno D. Bayer, Brgy. Captain.

Another highlights of the event were the signing of the Pledge of Commitment between MSU at Naawan and the Balintad Farmers Association, ribbon cutting, handing-over of feeds and other materials, and the ceremonial stocking of 1500 tilapia juveniles.

Mayor Baculio, in his speech, expressed his gratefulness as he voiced how thankful LGU Manticao is to MSU at Naawan for granting Barangay Balintad with the project and that the project may be the start of a productive partnership between MSU at Naawan and LGU Manticao.

In response, Prof. Renoir A. Abrea stressed out that the project is not solely by MSU at Naawan but a collaborative endeavor of the community, MSU at Naawan, and LGU Manticao.

Ms. Clevic Irish L. Habil also reminded the beneficiaries to have an open communication with the LGU and MSU at Naawan so that they can respond properly and provide the necessary assistance to whatever problems and challenges they will face in implementing the project.

Like any other projects, success is what everyone is aiming for the TILAPIA Project at Brgy. Balintad. The project does not stop at the stocking of tilapia juveniles and providing feeds to the community. The entire project management life cycle has to be overseen to ensure that all project activities are on the right track and to see if the goals are actually met. That is why MSU at Naawan, through the Extension Division, will closely monitor the implementation of the project and will provide technical assistance to capacitate the beneficiaries in culturing or rearing tilapia in ponds.
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