In parallel with PSU President Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe’s thrust for capacity building, the PSU Marine Science Laboratory has just achieved a milestone in its effort to develop programs that will ultimately benefit the community.

The Palawan State University Marine Science Laboratory under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension held a seminar entitled Orientation, Strategic Planning, and Training-Workshop on PSU SEAWEEDS R & D PROGRAM Implementation: Capacity Building for PSU-CCRDs and Campuses.

Key presentor Prof. Floredel Dangan-Galon has graciously shared some information to contextualize the importance of the orientation.

"We are here to impart new technologies that have resulted from our research in Seaweed Farming,"" she said.

The event is a consequence of the PSU’s drive to find the best practices in empowering the community. This time, PSU Research and Extension has been looking at the propagation of seaweeds as a means of livelihood.

It has always been known that seaweed farming is one of the most promising livelihoods in the Philippines. One of the biggest challenges that seaweed farmers face is the maintenance of their farms, as seaweeds also have vulnerabilities to climate and the environment. The Palawan State University has provided research which has identified solutions to address these challenges, making these seaweeds more immune to disease.

Prof. Galon was quick to admit that the program is not yet institutionalized and is still a work in progress but the main objective has always been to institutionalize this and eventually transfer the technology to the community, in tandem with the respective Local Government Units which have jurisdiction over the communities that are expected to benefit from this new livelihood.

Seaweeds are commonly known to have many uses in food and cuisine, but there are also industrial applications of seaweeds especially in the creation of medicine. There are many other potential applications that are being tested up to now.

If everything will go in the direction it is headed, many Palaweño communities will be given the chance to independently operate their own seaweed farming operations which are not only lucrative, but sustainable and long lasting as well. It is an alternative which may give fishermen who have struggled with the lack of fish in the sea another livelihood to develop and a better economic future to look forward to, thanks to the Palawan State University.