The PCAMRD Executive Director Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III together with other PCAMRD officials, namely, Deputy Executive Director Cesario R. Pagdilao, Mr. Rolando B. Edra, Chief Science Research Specialis (CSRS) of the Inland Aquatic Resources Division, Dr. Dalisay DG. Fernandez, CSRS of the Research Informaion Utilization Division, Dr. Castor C. de Jesus, CSRS of the Aquatic Resources Socioeconomics and Policy Division, and Ms. Ester C. Zaragoza, Officer-in-Charge and Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Marine Resources Division participated in the Consultation Meeting between the WordFish Center and its Partner Instituted in the Philippines held at the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Quezon City on February 28 to March 1, 2006.
The meeting focused on the presentations of research priorities of the WorlsFish Center and the Philippine concerned agencies in fisheries and aquatic resources sector, development of framework for long-term partnership and detailed topics within an ordered list of common priorities for collaboration, listing of possible structures of collaboration and identification of possible donors, and identification of possible long-term projects that could be framework for shorter and focused projects.
At the end of the workshop. possible projects for collaboration were identified. These are on: (1) Strengthening Governance and Sustainability of Small-scale Fisheries, (2) National Information System on Selected Fish Species, (3) Productivity Study on Fisheries and Aquaculture, (4) Development of Indigenous Fish Species Into High-Value Ornamental Fishes, (5) Conservation Techniques for Indigenous Fisheries Resources, (6) Study on Sea Cucumbers, (7) Organic Fish Farming, (8) Integrated Farming System and Polyculture, and (9) Culture of Saline Tilapia in Brackishwater.
Dr. Nicanor Eleazar, Dr. Catalino R. dela Cruz and some division chiefs of the Bureau of Agicultural Research, Dr. Westly Rosario of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Dr. Melchor Tayamen together with the Planning Officer and some researchers of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Chancellor Glen Aguilar, Dr. Ida Siason and other officers of the Univeristy of the Philippines in the Visayas participated in the consultation. Other participants were Mr. Wilfredo Yap of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center - Aquaculture Department, Dr. Tereso Abella of the College of Fisheries, Central Luzon State University, Dr. Garcia of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Drs. Nilda Ubaldo and Lourdes V. Castillo and other researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, and Dr. Ric Vina of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.