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Crab Center Not A Cartel

Only a few knows that the crab shells is equally important as the meat itself because of this polymer found in the shell called chitin.

Chitin is a biological substance which may be compared to the polysaccharide cellulose and to the protein keratin. Although keratin is a protein, and not a carbohydrate like chitin, both keratin and chitin have similar structural functions.

Chitin is used industrially in many processes. It is used in water purification, and as an additive to thicken and stabilize foods and pharmaceuticals. It also acts as a binder in dyes, fabrics, and adhesives. Industrial separation membranes and ion-exchange resins can be made from chitin. Processes to size and strengthen paper employ chitin.

Hoping that the crab center would not end-up as a cartel in the future.

DOLE Helps Catanduanes For Crab Center

Virac, Catanduanes (2 December) -- This island province in Bicol may yet become the crab capital of the Philippines.

"We will definitely help Catanduanes become the crab capital of the Philippines," strong words for such a strong vision from DOLE Bicol regional director Ernesto C. Bihis during the launching in this province of the DOLE On the Road for Hope (DOLE-ORAH) project last month.

Pledging to the crowd of people last November 10, that DOLE Bicol will find ways to channel 'better funds' for the Catandunganon recently launched project "crablets" or "crab meat" production, Bihis said "This is our support to the provincial government's commitment in strengthening its people's earning capacity."

Crab meat production first publicity was way back in 2006 when an organization in Camarines Norte started to export its produce to other parts of the region.

However, it was later found out that the abundant source of 'crablets' - the raw materials for crab meat, is found at Catanduanes.

Further, it was learned that the organization in Camarines Norte was actually getting its raw materials from Catanduanes.

The Provincial Government, led by Governor Joseph Cua, then mapped the island and identified 3 barangays as the crab source. Cua then provided a common service area or bagsakan for the catchers.

A provincial ordinance was also enacted preventing catchers from selling or smuggling the crablets to outside buyers.

"He (the governor) wanted that all catch to be brought to the provincial government bagsakian," Bihis narrated.

He said that with this provincial government's initiative, DOLE Bicol has seen the benefit of a fund grant to improve the technology of crablet and crab meat production. "This project would definitely generate additional income to the constituents and will actually increase employment," Bihis pointed out.

Bihis ordered DOLE Catandunaes provincial head Emma P. Acuña for a feasibility study for funding purpose. "If the papers are laid down early then perhaps we could release funds early." (DOLE/PIA)

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