The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through the Fisheries Statistics Division (FSD) under the Economic Sector Statistics (ESSS) is the team responsible for the conduct of periodic surveys related to fisheries. The fisheries sector is composed of three (3) subsectors, namely; commercial, municipal fisheries and Aquaculture. There are four (4) quarterly surveys that generate volume and value of production by species at the national, regional and provincial level. The data sets are also used for policy making and program implementation on fisheries.
To jumpstart the Fishery activities this year, the second Level Training on Quarterly Fisheries Survey (QFS) was conducted on March 3-4, 20120 at DepEd Applied Nutrition Center, Banilad, Cebu City. There were 13 participants attending; eight personnel from RSSO7, two from Cebu province, one each from Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental. SA Nicefora L. Marimon, focal person of Fisheries, represented PSA Bohol.
Discussions topics included survey methodology, field operations, survey forms, data review and validation, preparation of narrative reports and dissemination. Meanwhile, by March 2020 survey round, new samples for Quarterly Aquaculture Survey (QFS) and Quarterly Inland Fisheries Survey were being used.
The two-day training was facilitated by SS2 Joseph G. Abadingo, the newly installed Regional Fisheries Focal Person. He attended the Taskforce training in Manila last February 2020. Integrating strategies to training techniques, Mr. Abadingo asked provincial focal persons to share their ideas, opinions and unique experiences especially in the field enumeration. This was very effective and drew much attention and interest for those who were first timers to attend the said training. It was very informative and interactive one.
Closing the training session, Engr. Leopoldo P. Alfanta Jr. gave his heartfelt messages and encouraged the participants to come up with innovations during the training. The group has planned out of another training on fish identification. ◘