Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao

Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao

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.

Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao
Dr. Rene Sumaoang and Christian Rillera posing beside a huge pile of seaweeds brought to shore by the waves.

Is there any use for them? Not that Rodel knows of. Thatโ€™s why he just piles them there to rot. Thereโ€™s no other place to dump them, he said. Besides, it would be too expensive to be hauling the same to a garbage dump.

Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao
Every morning Rodel Tumbaga gathers the seaweeds brought to shore by the waves. That’s his duty as an emplouyee of a resort in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

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 Gone To Waste In Bolinao
Zac B. Sarian showing seaweed gathered by Rodel Tumbaga which is just left to rot in the dumping area.

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.

Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao
From left: Vangie Sumaoang, Christian Rillera, Rodel Tumbaga, and Dr. Rene Sumaoang.
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3 thoughts on “Seaweeds Gone To Waste In Bolinao

  1. I’m curious on how to ferment these seaweeds for use as organic fertilizer? What is the ratio of molasses (if any) to seaweed material and the water required? Duration of fermentation?

    1. Better that you talk to Dr. Sumaoang. I have told him about your inquiry and he said, it is best for you to talk to him. Contact him at 0917-848-3658.

  2. Sir in the fermentation proper after grinding the clean seaweeds, we add clean water to make 10 liters in volume? During the step we will also add the molasses and the enzyme (Novatech Bio-enzyme)?

    Where we buy the Novatech Bio-enzyme? or can we have replacement of this enzyme that is readily available in our locality?

    Thank you

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