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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

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 carrageenan.

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. 

 

The 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.

 

Supporting 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” disease

 

 

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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).

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Seaweeds Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1.  Marcelino C. Baslan
       Lianga, Surigao del Sur
 
  2.  Babie Ellen D. Garrote
       Nasipit, Agusan del Norte
 
  3.  Thomas A. Gonzaga
       Surigao del Norte
 
Lead Agency:  BFAR-Caraga
Member Agencies:
 
  DOST-Caraga
  DLR-Caraga
  DENR-Caraga
  DTI-Caraga
  RAFC-Caraga
  Quedancor
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU  

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If you want a copy of the Seaweeds Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Eco. Development Authority- 
      Caraga Regional Office
      Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
      Butuan City
      Email: neda13@bayandsl.com
 
      Brielgo O. Pagaran
      Regional Director
      Department of Trade & Industry - 
      Caraga Regional Office
      764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
      Butuan City
      Email: dti13@hotmail.com,
                caragaclusters@yahoo.com
 
      Alauya Olama
      Regional Director
      BFAR - Caraga
      Peņaranda St., Surigao City
      Tel. No. (086) 231-9939
 
 

For more information and investment assistance related to Seaweeds production in Caraga, please call the following offices:
 
BFAR-Caraga - (086) 231-9560/ 826-5538
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774