Monday , 17 June 2024

AQD gets the thumbs up

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) DA Assistant Secretary Hon. Salvador Salacup, BFAR VI Regional Director Ms. Drusila Esther Bayate, BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez, AQD Chief Dr. Joebert Toledo, SEAFDEC Coordinator for the Philippines Mr. Jonathan Dickson, and Executive Secretary to the DA Assistant Secretary Mr. Rodrigo Macapangay


AQD gets the thumbs up from the Philippine Department of Agriculture and its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for 38 years of developing science-based technologies for the aquaculture sector. BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez committed BFAR to utilizing the valuable research done by SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD). He also expressed his appreciation to AQD for coming up with a low-cost, small-scale, abalone and multi-species marine fish hatchery which, he said, is what our country needs.

As part of AQD’s weeklong anniversary celebration, a technology lecture series (left inset) with invited guests from the private sector and the academe was held on 6 July. Furthermore, three events took place on 7 July. These were (1) auction of artwork done by Filipino schoolchildren to benefit the Malalison community, (2) the Dean Domiciano Villaluz Memorial lecture on Feed formulation for healthy and wholesome aquaculture by AQD Scientist Dr. Relicardo Coloso (middle inset), and (3) the launching of AQD’s new publications including two aquaculture extension manuals, six flyers, one poster, AQD’s annual report, the proceedings of the Regional technical consultation on sustainable aquaculture development for food security in Southeast Asia towards 2020, and AQD institutional repository.

Meanwhile, AQD Scientist Dr. Emilia Quinitio (right inset) was given a Certificate of recognition for bagging this year’s Dr. Elvira O. Tan Memorial award given by the Department of Science and Technology (Philippines) for best published paper in the inland fisheries category for her work, Domestication of the mud crab Scylla serrata.

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"We trust that SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) will continue to work with us particularly in strengthening research and development in the fisheries sector," is the message of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Hon. Proceso Alcala as delivered by DA Assistant Secretary (ASec) Hon. Salvador Salacup during AQD's 38th anniversary program on 8 July. Secretary Alcala also assured AQD that DA will support the institution's efforts to increase aquaculture production and to help improve fish farmer's income. ASec Salacup also gave his own message to AQD where he emphasized that all research agencies involved in fisheries should complement research directions to avoid duplication of work. He also added that, "we (agencies involved) have to work hard and be efficient on the limited resources that our fishery sector has in possession, particularly the government agencies."
Mr. Arsenio Santos III (in black), a representative from the private sector, receives a set of new publications at the ceremonial turnover of books; with him are (L-R) AQD Scientist Dr. ET Quinitio, Training & information division head Mr. Renato Agbayani, Research division head Dr. Evelyn Grace Ayson, and AQD Chief Dr. JD Toledo

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