By Development Communication Section/B Acosta
The Management Committee of SEAFDEC/AQD and senior representatives of the relevant Philippine Government institutions (Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Bureau of Agricultural Research; Department of Foreign Affairs; and University of the Philippines in the Visayas) gathered on 4 November 2016 at the Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati City for the 26th Meeting of the Philippine Technical Administrative Committee (PTAC). PTAC comprises the high level representatives of relevant Philippine Government agencies and is tasked to provide close coordination between the host government and SEAFDEC with regard to the operations of AQD.
The meeting was convened to review the accomplishments of AQD in 2016 (R&D Programs, and Administration and Finance) and plans for 2017, for endorsement to the SEAFDEC Program Committee and the Philippine Government, and to discuss the pressing issues that concern the operations of AQD. Mrs. Drusila Esther Bayate, SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director for Philippines and Assistant Director for Technical Services, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), chaired this year’s PTAC meeting.
PTAC noted the progress of AQD’s R&D programs in 2016 and endorsed its 2017 planned activities and the proposed budget for 2018, subject to suggested revisions. The Committee suggested that in order to further assist the Philippine Government in addressing the development goal and complement BFAR’s efforts in alleviating poverty, AQD consider, as study sites, the locations where BFAR had already identified the marginalized or poor communities. PTAC acknowledged and commended AQD for its hard work and laudable accomplishments under R&D. Hence, for better understanding and appreciation of its work under the present Government, PTAC suggested that AQD reports and presentations indicate clearly how the targeted beneficiaries, particularly the poor aquaculture farmers or coastal fishing communities, are benefiting from the investments of AQD on R&D.