By: Krizzia Mei C. Esperanza

Traditional fish drying.

On May 20, 2021, the Department of Science and Technology – CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON) visited Guinaygayan in the island municipality of Patnanungan, Quezon to officially turn over a solar power system and a two-door dryer to the Guinaygayan Association of Dried Fish Processors (GADFP). The provision of these pieces of equipment is part of DOST’s Enhanced Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (E-CEST) Program under the Livelihood/Economic Enterprise Development component, which identified Patnanungan, as well as the GADFP, as primary beneficiaries.

Ang [GADFP] ay nabuo noong 2018 sa tulong at pag-gabay ng Tanggapan ng Pambayang Agrikultor (Office of the Municipal Agriculturist [OMA]). Binubuo ito ng 21 kababaihan at tatlong kalalakihan na bihasa sa pagpoproseso ng isda o pagdadaing,” Mr. Eugene R. Luces, Municipal Agriculture Officer of Patnanungan, recounted. “Pagdadaing” or “pagdadanggit” is the process of drying dried split fish, a skill that is handed down through generations in the seacoast area of Guinaygayan.

Beginning on its founding year in 2018, under the E-CEST Program, the DOST-CALABARZON, through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Quezon (DOST PSTC-Quezon), reached out to the OMA and the GADFP to help improve and enhance the association’s production and yield larger income for the association’s members. With the goal of helping small communities to rise up in poverty, the E-CEST targets the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA), such as Patnanungan, as its program beneficiaries.