Seaweeds Production Program
Seaweed farming in the Panguil Bay area is regarded as a poverty reduction venture. About 600 families along the coastal barangays of Kolambugan and Tubod depend on seaweed farming as source of livelihood. Aside from providing livelihood and employment opportunities to the local communities, seaweed farming also contributed to the abatement of illegal fishing activity in Panguil Bay. Illegal fishers have been enticed to go into seaweed farming because of its higher returns.
Based on the Department of Trade and Industry 2008 records, Lanao del Norte’s seaweeds are exported to Hongkong and Taiwan. These markets prefer our seaweeds because of its good quality. The Provincial Government through PAO in collaboration with national agencies conducts regular monitoring to ensure good practices in the culture of seaweeds. PGLN in partnership with BFAR, DTI and DOST put in place an integrated program to sustain the growth of the seaweed industry in Lanao del Norte. Average annual production is estimated at 810 metric tons. As of December 2009, a total of 600 growers are active in the industry (Table 12).
Table 12. Profile of the Seaweed Industry by Municipality, Lanao del Norte, 2009