TAGAYTAY CITY — Farm Managers of the DA-BFAR Regional Office 2, led by Atty. Ronaldo R. Libunao, Chief Aquaculturist of Fisheries Production and Support Services Division shared their technical and administrative management styles they employ in their respective production facilities during the National Technology Centers and Technology Outreach Stations Workshop held on March 28-31, 2023 at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City.

The four-day workshop aims to align program, projects and activities of NTCs and TOSs to the Bureau’s goals with emphasis on the top five priority commodities such as Milkfish, Tilapia, Seaweeds, Shrimp & Shellfish.

To redefine and strengthen Technology Outreach Station’s roles in fish production by providing quality fingerlings and seedstocks to attain the 10% annual increase in Fisheries Production through the Aquaculture Sector and address the 25-40% post-harvest losses is also a main purpose of the activity.

National Bureau Director Atty. Demosthenes R. Escoto posed a challenge to the participants with these words, ”We should at least know how the congress and other experts see the Philippine fisheries today. Everyone would agree that the Philippines is now faced with vast challenges. With these, we need to think outside the box to find positive solutions to approach these challenges”.

Presentations of each NTC Chiefs and TOS Managers to determine the constraints of NTCs and TOSs in terms of technology, equipment, facilities, manpower, budget and other technical and administrative issues were also done during the workshop.

Participants were optimistic that solutions to problems identified will be addressed based on urgency as indicated in the three-year development plan, crafted during the workshop as an output.

In addition, the workshop also highlighted the best practices of every TOSs’ which may be shared and emulated by other TOSs’ in a synergic exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Organized by the DA-BFAR Central Office, the workshop was attended by 83 TOS managers and representatives, six NTCs and 16 FPSSD chiefs nationwide. (ADM/RRL)