Teotimo L. Guzon, Sr. is an Outstanding Fisherfolk

By: Alicia D. Tabuno

From a humble farm tenant in 1972, Teotimo L. Guzon, Sr., Mang Teoty, as he is fondly called, rose to become a very successful fish farmer allowing him to add a feather on his cap by being awarded as the 2014 Outstanding Fisherfolk in the country.

Mang Teoty earlier won the Regional Gawad Saka and awarded a cash prize of Php 30,000.00 from BFAR-CAR which he received during the DA-RFO-CAR anniversary.

Due to his perseverance, hard work, generosity, and willingness to improve his source of livelihood, Mang Teoty was able to increase his farm lands (fishponds) from income he earned from his fishery project. This allowed him to raise his 10 children and send them to school.

Aside from uplifting his standard of living, he extended his blessings to other fish farmers who need assistance and knowledge in fish production including the giving out of fingerlings to be used in their ponds.

In a bid to expand his project, Mang Teoty put up a fish hatchery, grow-out ponds and red carp as cultured species. He honed his skills by attending trainings, workshops, and seminars sponsored by the DA, BFAR, and private entities which resulted in the improvement of his fishpond projects.

Aside from tilapia production, Mang Teoty ventured in swine production, duck raising, coconut and rice production, citrus and vegetable farming as alternative sources of income.

He is from Barangay Imelda, Pudtol, Apayao, and married to Myrna Tagata Ramos. He was a recipient of BFAR financial assistance for the construction of his hatchery project, and improvement of his breeding ponds.

Mr. Guzon bested other outstanding fisherfolk nominees from other regions impressing national evaluators with his fishery project.

It can be recalled that this is not the first time Cordillera has produced National Fisherfolk awardees. In the past years, Mrs. Ryan of Tabuk, Kalinga, Ricarte Domingo (also of Pudtol, Apayao), and Danilo Tronco of Lagangilang, Abra garnered the coveted award.