By Development Communication Section
For 16 staff of DA-NFRDI (Department of Agriculture – National Fisheries Research & Development Institute), the 9-day Capacity building on information dissemination and data management organized 10-18 March by SEAFDEC/AQD exceeded their expectations. This was the overall consensus during the integration workshop on the last day where feedback was offered and discussed.
The course was requested from AQD under an agreement signed on 18 February 2014 because NFRDI plans on putting up a science documentation section within its program monitoring & evaluation division. NFRDI might tap their own research officers & assistants, information officers & programmers ~ the trainees ~ to comprise the group. The course primarily covered the skill set required of science writers like news writing, design & layout, photography, website & social network mechanics; and accessing published information found in library databases, among others.
With AQD providing training mainly on aquaculture technologies, this is the first time that a non-technical course was offered. The course for NFRDI was not the first session though; the first was conducted for SEAFDEC information officers in December 2011.