By Development Communication Section
As part of SEAFDEC/AQD’s 43rd anniversary celebration, a series of activities including a coastal clean-up, medical mission, food fair and open house were conducted from 8 to 12 July 2016 at its Tigbauan Main Station (TMS).
To kick off the festivities, SEAFDEC/AQD staff rolled up their sleeves to clear the beach fronting TMS during a coastal clean-up activity which is part of the institution’s tradition every anniversary to give back to the nearby communities especially Barangay Buyu-an and Barangay Nanga.
A medical mission was also organized to serve the two barangays, catering to 92 residents comprised of 50 children and 42 adults.
Among SEAFDEC/AQD staff, a bloodletting drive was conducted together with the Philippine Red Cross – Western Visayas Chapter where 34 staff successfully donated blood. E. Pineda Optical Clinic also gave free eye exams and discounts on eyeglasses & contact lenses which were availed by 45 staff.
During the week, an open house allowed guests to see the inner workings of SEAFDEC/AQD. Guests, including 234 students from nine schools, took part in guided tours of the facilities.
Simultaneously, staff organized a food fair where each of the four SEAFDEC/AQD divisions designed and operated themed booths. The booth concept of the Technology Verification and Demonstration Division (TVDD) named “43rd Batallion TVDD Infantry Brigade” won best booth, while the Training and Information Division’s (TID) “bangus sisig” and TVDD’s “oyster bomb” won as the best-tasting dish.
Other engaging activities during the anniversary week included a zumba class, parlor games and bingo.