Dual Education and Training in the Fisheries Sector
Recognizing the need to upskill the country’s workforce, efforts in highlighting industry participation in dual education and training has been a continuous effort bannered by AFOS Foundation and its local partner, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CCCI). The inception of the Assessment, Certification, and Accreditation Services (ACAS) in CCCI in 2017 provided a platform to intensify the industry’s participation in workforce development. Thus, leveling the quality of demand and supply of the labor force.
- Twenty-six (26) graduates from the seafood processing cluster completed the dual education and training program on March 17, 2023, in Cebu City, Philippines
- Twenty-four (24) of the graduates are certified by CCCI as Quality Inspectors and Seafood Production Workers.
The two job profiles under the Basic Qualification Certificate were designed and developed by industry and academic partners of CCCI–ACAS. Within the program, the graduates completed the required In-Company training of 912 hours and In-school training of 240 hours – a total of 1,152 training hours of the DET program.
Baseline Survey Describing the Status of Fisheries in FISH Visayas Project Sites
Recognizing the need for an in-depth understanding of the demographics, status quo, and demands of the project areas, the FISH Visayas Project conducts a baseline survey that seeks to examine the descriptive cross-sectional analyses of individual fishing households in terms of income, living standard, and fishing operations.
The data collected aims to support the project management to better design, align and implement its activities more systematically, toward achieving the targeted results of the project.
415 respondents from the fishing and fish farming households from the project’s nine partner Local Government Units (LGUs) were interviewed for the Baseline Survey. The survey implementation was conducted in the period of three weeks from March 13 to 31, 2023 at the respective barangays of 26 partner people’s organizations. The conduct of the baseline survey corresponds to the objectives and the four (4) key result areas of the FISH Visayas Project namely; Result Area 1 Training for fishermen and MSMEs, Result Area 2 Dual Training in Fisheries, Result Area 3 Market Access, and Result Area 4 Resource Protection.
AFOS Foundation Philippines signs MOA with Bohol Partners
The binding agreement between AFOS Foundation and its Bohol partners was executed on March 10, 2023 at the Belian Hotel, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) provides the framework for collaboration between the partners, recognizing the need for multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote sustainable fisheries & related food value chains in Central Visayas through the FISH Visayas Project. Further, the agreement supports the improvement of the income situation of fisheries-dependent families and MSMEs along the fisheries and related value chains until June 2025.Further, the agreement supports the improvement of the income situation of fisheries-dependent families and MSMEs along the fisheries and related value chains until June 2025. Finally, the partners agreed to cooperate in mutual trust and to exchange information regularly about all major developments, successes and challenges in the FISH Visayas Project.