Fiberglass patrol boat, mold turned over to MMSU, PGIN

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr.


The US Department of the Interior - International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) and the Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. (TK) turned over a 30-foot fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) patrol boat and mold to the Mariano Marcos State University and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte on July 5. 


Director Keila Cummins of the US Embassy in the Philippines - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement handed over the boat to MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis and Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Cecilia A. Marcos in a ceremony at the National Bioenergy Research and Innovation Center Conference Room. 


Cummins said the turnover of the boat and mold “demonstrates our commitment to taking concrete actions to help address coastal challenges.” 


Dr. Agrupis thanked the DOI-ITAP and TK for the equipment, saying it signifies PGIN and MMSU’s strong commitment to protect our environment and help uplift the lives of communities.


“We look forward to seeing more of these boats, and the conduct of more related activities which will benefit our fellow Ilocanos who live along the coastal towns,” expressed Vice Governor Marcos. 


The plastic boat and mold given to MMSU and the Ilocos Norte government are the outputs of the fiberglass boat construction training conducted by the TK through the Institute of Environmental Governance, and the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in MMSU in May.


Among those who graced the turnover ceremony were TK Senior Legal Adviser Asis Perez, Provincial Agriculture Center chief and fishery coordinator Arthur Valente, provincial fishery coordinator Abegael Dagdagan, MMSU research and extension vice president Nathaniel Alibuyog, campus executive director Joselito Rosario, CASAT dean Veronica Grande, MMSU-IEG coordinator Estrelita Domingo, and other IEG staff. (HLY/JVBT, StratCom)