BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Ms. Amanda Battad of Amanda’s Marine Products, a multi-awarded businesswoman and former president of Bataan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BACCI) has been elected as one of the national officers of Philippine Tilapia Association. Together with other officers, she took her oath of office before Retired Commissioner Eduardo Gongona, Undersecretary for Fisheries and BFAR National Director who represented DA Secretary Manny Piñol during the 5th Tilapia Congress 2017 with the theme, “Levelling up the Philippine Tilapia Value Chain to Global Competitiveness,” held at the Laus Event Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, yesterday October 12, 2017.
Elected as treasurer of said organization, Battad is the only Bataeño among the 18 officials of the Philippine Tilapia Association of whom 3 are from Visayas, 3 Mindanao and the rest are from Luzon.
The 5th Tilapia Congress was top billed by high ranking officials, with City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago of San Fernando City, Pampanga, who gave the welcome message, Congressman Carmelo B. Lazatin of the 1st district of Pampanga, represented by Engr. Gonzales, who in his message did not only support the vision of the Tilapia Congress but also gave his 100% commitment to the program and USec. Eduardo B. Gongona.
USec. Gongona emphasized the mission of the fisheries bureau on their relentless drive in sustainable fish production, that they want to produce more foods for the Filipino people, that if other countries are producing more equipment, here in the Philippines, they want to produce more foods, he said.
He reiterated that with the 5th Tilapia congress, they want to promote, sustainable tilapia culture, persuade all tilapia growers/raisers on the value bio chain of tilapia for global competitiveness.
Gongona likewise made mention in his speech their goal of having a fishery university all over the country that is, “a fisherman for every municipality” or more agricultural and fishery courses and will embark on scholars for agriculture and fisheries because 10 years from now, according to him, we will no longer have fishermen around.
The Tilapia Congress which will run for 2 days will focus on their plenary about tilapia domestic production and trade; the challenges of exporting tilapia; inclusive and enabled environment for the tilapia industry; better feed management practices for nile tilapia farming; tilapia practice farming in aqua farming technology and tilapia growers on the road to financial inclusion and empowerment, which will be presented by top brass speakers and experts in the tilapia industry.