The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 4A, in collaboration with the Villar Sipag Foundation, conducted a 3-day training on “Freshwater Aquaculture and Post-Harvest Technologies.”
It was held at Villar Sipag Farm School, Bacoor City, last August 16-18, 2022.

A total of twenty-seven participants from the NCR, CALABARZON Region, Bicol Region, and Zamboanga
Del Norte attended the training. The topics discussed in the training included the culture and reproduction of tilapia and ornamental fish, fish processing, and aquaponics. The training aimed to introduce aquaculture and post-harvest among accredited farm learning sites, 4H Club members, academe, and the local government unit (LGU) as an alternative source of income.

The 3-day training was spearheaded by Regional Director Sammy A. Malvas in response to the call
for more sustainable fish production and food security.

The Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, Atty. Rhaegee Tamaña also
emphasized the importance of addressing the current needs of the fishing industry. According to
her, in the future, this will redound to generate jobs for the communities and will aid in responding
to the problem of food shortages in the country.

The resource persons for the said event were Mr. Aurelio A. Carandang of the Fisheries Production and
Support Services Division, Ms. Anna Liza S. Palis of Freshwater Demonstration Fish Farm, Mesdames Joyce
Ann P. Pia and Marilou B. Mosqueda of the Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division, Mr. Marciano Ariel B. Yber, Ms. Gay D. Benedicto and Mr. John Alfred J. Palcon of Batangas Inland Fisheries Technology Outreach Station.(jaengay, atcdelacruz)