Every morning Rodel Tumbaga gathers the seaweeds brought to shore by the waves and piles them along the edge of a resort he works for in Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Is there any use for them? Not that Rodel knows of. That’s why he just piles them there to rot. There’s no other place to dump them, he said. Besides, it would be too expensive to be hauling the same to a garbage dump.
When Dr. Rene Sumaoang, the maker of Durabloom organic fertilizer, saw the long pile of seaweeds, he just shook his head. He said The seaweeds are a valuable resource that he could make use off. The same could be converted into
mineral-rich organic fertilizer through fermentation.
Seaweeds could also be fermented for feeding pigs. And that could reduce cost of raising livestock.
Rodel is a jolly fellow who is very happy that he has a job that pays him P300 a day, just gathering the seaweeds strewn at the edge of the beach brought to shore by the waves.