COFMS conducts field harvest day; collabs with stakeholders
Published September 13, 2019 by Arlene D. Talosa


Dream, Discover, Innovate and Produce– This is the tag-line of the CSUA-COFMS a qualified National University for Fishery out of 130 institutions offering fishery program during the Harvest Field Day of the organic culture of freshwater clam (Cabibe) and Tilapia at the CSUA lagoon last February 15, 2019. The harvest field day is the result of the sustained DOLE-R02 CSU Aparri Youth Entrepreneurship Support project which was apprehended with the main objective of letting college students “ learn while they earn”.

One hundred sixty-one (161) kilos of Cabibe and nine(9) kilos of Tilapia were harvested in the CSU pond. Present during the harvest day were almost 30 stakeholders from different organizations who witnessed the success of the activity. Among these stakeholders are Ric Vargas of Radyo Natin, staffs from Department of Labor and Employment, Peace Corp Response volunteer representative, George Williams, DBM retired manager, Pedro A. Lauigan, LGU-Aparri VSPA and representatives, SHS immersants and fisherfolks from varied coastal baranggays.

The campus on the said day also harvested the admiration of the Senior labor employment officer and livelihood focal person of Cagayan and Batanes Field Office, Ms. Liezl Magero highlighting in her speech that the CSU-A is the only fishery institution who sustained its Youth Entrepreneurship Program among other funded institutions. Meanwhile, CEO Rabanal said in his speech that with the gift of presence of the various stakeholders, the activity did not only instigate learning among students on harvest but also served as an avenue towards collaboration among stakeholders which is a part of the University’s commitment. He challenged the COFMS dean, Dr. Eunice A. Layugan also the concurrent university dean for fisheries to ensure that the flagship course pass the level III accreditation which is set to materialize on April this year so the program could work for making it a Center of Excellence. #Arlene D. Talosa