Palawan coastal association turns seaweeds into diplomas

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY --- Twenty-three years ago, Mardy Montao moved a thousand kilometers away from her home in Negros Occidental to be with a man she met while she was on a three-day vacation in Palawan. Now, this 48-year-old woman is leading a group of seaweed farmers in the coastal community of Sitio Balintang, Barangay Isugod in Quezon. Montao is the president of the Cherish Fisherfolks Association, which has 86 members --- 22 women and 66 men. Though hesitant at first, she accepted the challenge of leading the organization. "I never dreamed of becoming president of fisherfolk because it should be a man. But it went through an election. I don't want this position, but...

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