The College of Fisheries Graduate Students Association (CF–GSA), in partnership with the University Gender and Development Office (UGADO), organized the 4th College of Fisheries – Freshwater Aquaculture Center (CF-FAC) In-House Student Research Review with the theme “Integrating Gender and Development in Fisheries Research and Industry Innovations towards Equality” last February 28, 2020 at the CF-FAC Conference Room, CLSU.
The event served as a platform in promoting the incorporation of Gender and Development (GAD) fundamentals and laws in Fisheries Research & Development, and creating awareness on gender sensitivity and equality in the industry.
Prof. Janet O. Saturno, the UGADO Director, emphasized on her talk that GAD is a development perspective and a process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, and supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials.
Meanwhile, two other plenary speakers discussed the important attitudes needed by students to successfully pursue a higher degree, and to develop sound researches for the benefit of the fisheries industry. Dr. Karl Marx A. Quiazon, Chairperson of the Department of Aquaculture, encouraged everyone on creating a timeline to serve as a guide in the realization of career fulfilment. Dr. Casiano H. Choresca, Jr., Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Fisheries Biotechnology Center, stated that the road to graduate studies is not always a straight line, instead it is rough and bumpy; thus, everybody has their own formula for success. He added that the basic principles of becoming a good researcher are hard work, commitment and determination.
This year’s edition of in-house review brought together 176 attendees: 124 students (94 BS in Fisheries, 18 MS in Aquaculture, 9 PhD in Aquaculture and 3 High School), 41 faculty and staff, and 11 representatives/guests from both public (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and State Universities and Colleges) and private sectors (feed companies). (MTT Oclos & FS Tadeo)