Over two days, from April 2 to April 3, 2024, the Farmer/Fisherfolk Training Center in Malolos, Bulacan, gathered 21 individuals from various municipalities and cities for a training session.

Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Department of Agriculture (BFAR Region 3), spearheaded this initiative aimed at equipping farmers and fishermen with indispensable skills for maintaining and repairing their engines effectively.

Speakers from ASCOT’s Faculty of Automotive Department, including Melchor S. Dairo, Christian Mark S. Mintac, and Jerry N. Peralta, offered invaluable guidance and instruction throughout the training sessions.

During the program, Regional Director Wilfredo M. Cruz of BFAR-3 emphasized the critical need for environmental stewardship, urging participants to play their part in preserving fish species and marine ecosystems. Provincial Agriculturist Ma. Gloria SF. Carillo charged the fisherfolk with sharing their newfound knowledge and skills within their communities, thereby fostering sustainability and facilitating knowledge transfer.

Dr. Ricardo G. Gonzales, Jr., ASCOT’s Extension Director, underscored the importance of timely repair and maintenance in ensuring the longevity of marine engines, emphasizing the significant role these practices play in the sustainability of fisherfolk’s livelihoods.

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