Seaweed, or halamang-dagat, is a red-to-brown
grass of the sea that is used as food and raw material in the manufacture of industrial products such as alginate, agar and
Caraga has a total area of 531.80 hectares
for seaweed production. Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte are the major seaweed-producing
provinces, with existing production areas of 305.8 hectares and 58.27 hectares, respectively.
In 2003, the region ranked third in Mindanao in seaweed production with 16,701.50 metric tons.
The officers and representatives of the different associations of seaweed producers and the local buyers and
traders make up the seaweed cluster. There are 495 seaweed growers region-wide,
which are concentrated in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte.
Caraga’s dried seaweeds are sold to the local traders/buyers in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Once
the required volume is achieved, these traders sell their stocks to the seaweed processors in Cebu.
cluster aims to make Caraga a major producer and processor of export quality seaweed products.
To achieve this, the cluster will ensure sustainable production of fresh, dried and processed seaweed conforming to
export quality & HACCP standards, thus improving marketability and increasing competitiveness of their products.
its vision and mission are the following cluster goals:
Expand production areas by 2,000 hectares in the next 5 years
Lobby with local government units for the establishment of nurseries and demo farms
in the seaweed-producing areas to address the lack of supply of planting materials
Lobby with BFAR to conduct research activities to eliminate the “ice-ice”
The Seaweeds Industry Cluster booth exhibit during the launching of Caraga's Industry Clusters last May 16, 2005
at Almont's Inland Resort, Butuan City. Participants from the Seaweeds Cluster are Inday Bahian (BFAR), Riza Abing (BFAR),
Janel Ansale (BFAR), and Babie Ellen Garrote (Leadership Group member).
Seaweeds Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
1. Marcelino C. Baslan
2. Babie Ellen D. Garrote
3. Thomas A. Gonzaga
Surigao del Norte
Lead Agency: BFAR-Caraga
Agusan del Norte LGU
Surigao del Norte LGU
Surigao del Sur LGU
If you want a copy of the Seaweeds Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any
of the following offices:
Carmencita S. Cochingco
National Eco. Development Authority-
Caraga Regional Office
Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
Brielgo O. Pagaran
Department of Trade & Industry -
Caraga Regional Office
764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
BFAR - Caraga
Peņaranda St., Surigao City
Tel. No. (086) 231-9939