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Advanced Lecture on Tropical Fisheries for Japanese students conducted

The University of the Philippines Visayas, through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), maintains and strengthens its mutually beneficial and enriching partnership with Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries (KUFF), Japan.

For 11 years now, CFOS has been conducting short training courses for the graduate students of KUFF. Last July 3-14, 2017, another batch of three Master of Science in Fisheries students of the said University attended the two-week training course on ‘Advanced Lecture on Tropical Fisheries.’ The training sought to give the participants a broad overview of the current status of fisheries and aquaculture in the Philippines. Two of the students studied food hygiene/sanitation in the country while another one got information about seaweeds in the Philippines.

Accompanied by Dr. Erlinda C. Lacierda, faculty member of Institute of Aquaculture, CFOS and training coordinator, the participants visited the fish market and JICA office in Manila on July 4, 2017. They were formally welcomed by Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso, CFOS Dean, during the Opening Program held at the Audio Visual Room, Graduate and Continuing Education Building, UPV Iloilo City campus on July 5, 2017.

They also attended lectures on various topics. The first lecture was on Political, Social, Economic Situation, Science and Education in the Philippines discussed by Dr. Rodelio Subade, Division of Social Science, College of Arts and Sciences. Other topics were Aquaculture in the Philippines presented by Saclauso; Capture Fisheries in the Philippines by Dr. Gerald F. Quinitio, Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, CFOS; Fish Processing in the Philippines by Prof. Loda Nacional, Institute of Fish Processing and Technology, CFOS; and Fish Marketing in the Philippines by Prof. Mary Ann Gumban, Dean, College of Management.

Each participant had a counterpart graduate student from CFOS to assist and help them with their activities. They were Jessie O. Jimenez, Jean Rose H. Maquirang, and Fedelia Flor C. Mero, all are second year graduate students taking up Master of Science-Aquaculture. They visited public markets in the city and province of Iloilo as well as shopping malls. A an exposure trip to the South East Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD) Igang Station in Guimaras and Main Station in Tigbauan, Iloilo was also done. They visited the facilities of CFOS and School of Technology in UPV Miagao campus, the Marine Biological Station (BMS) of the University in Taklong Island in Guimaras and the Iloilo Fishing Port. Reports that summarized their learning in Philippines were presented before they head back to Japan. The Japanese students who chose Philippines for their first-time overseas travel experience expressed their appreciation for the warm welcome. Speaking in behalf of his peers, Kameyama Ryo thanked everyone involved in the training for the unforgettable learning experience.

Considering the Philippines as his second home, Dr. Munechika Ishizaki accompanied the participants. He expressed his gratitude to the University for giving their students the opportunity to learn in the country.

Meanwhile, Jimenez, Maquirang, and Mero will be travelling to Japan next month to participate in a short training course in the said university.

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