As part of its vision and mission of being globally in par with other institutions, Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography had been engaging and linking programs, projects and opportunities with other schools in the country. One of the colleges of the said university is the College of Fisheries, which is known for their fisheries research. The said college had always looked for opportunities to invite other institutions for partnerships especially with regards to fisheries research. In fact, one of the courses it offers is the degree on Bachelor of Science major in Aqua Culture where students would complete their on-the-job training on SEAFDEC, Ilo-Ilo City. Just recently, with the establishment of the Office of International Linkages, there was a need for bench-marking development center to strengthen the collaboration on fisheries research and extension of MSU-TCTO with SEAFDEC, Ilo-Ilo City.
The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) started as a regional treaty organization on December of 1967. Its goal is to promote fisheries development in the region. Aside from the Philippines, there are at least ten (10) country members. Since it is considered as the center of fisheries research, MSU-TCTO had been sending students to SEAFDEC as part of the students’ training in hopes of exposing and expanding their knowledge and skills in fisheries. On December 18, 2018, five (5) participants from MSU-TCTO; Prof. Jurma Tikmasan (Dean, College of Fisheries), Dir. Surma Werble (Director of the Office of International Linkages), Mr. Jamrun Ebbah (Faculty, College of Fisheries), Mrs. Ainulyakin Imlani (Coordinator of the College of Fisheries for OIL), and Mr. Alvarez Tahiluddin (Faculty, College of Fisheries) were sent to SEAFDEC for the purpose of benchmarking of fisheries facilities and equipment. During their visit, the MSU-TCTO team were able to do a parameter area tour of SEAFDEC, and learned about tips and knowledge about building facilities and maintenance. They were also able to gather data about the fisheries system with regards to fish capture, fish culture and fish processing and outline of projects of SEAFDEC.
It was only a one-day visit to SEAFDEC but they were able to gather data especially on facility maintenance and management which is timely since the MSU-TCTO College of Fisheries had also been requesting advanced equipment to further improve the college not only in research but for students and faculty growth as well. The partnership with SEAFDEC had been one of the projects the College of Fisheries which tries to strengthen and improve the hatchery and other related program of activities in fish culture, capture and processing. In fact, aside from catering the on-the-job training of the students, the college also looks forward to more projects with SEAFDEC especially in fisheries research.