PSA RSSO XII conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Individual Interviews of Aquaculture Hatcheries Operators in Region XII cum Site Visit on July 11-12, 2019 held at East Asia Royale Hotel, General Santos City. The activity was facilitated by selected staff from the Agriculture and Fisheries Census Division headed by Chief Statistical Specialist Erma A. Aquino and selected staff from the Fisheries Statistics Division headed by Senior Statistical Specialist Merlita G. Santiago, both of the PSA Central Office.
According to Ms. Aquino, the objectives of the FGD and Individual Interviews are: (1) to know the interpretation and understanding of respondents on the terms used in the Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF); (2) understand the complexity of structure and activities in agriculture and fisheries; (3) explore data items candidate for the 2022 CAF supplementary modules (e.g. inputs, labor, common issues encountered, etc.); and (4) discover emerging trends in the agriculture and fisheries industry. She added that the findings in the FGD will serve as inputs for the improvement of the 2022 CAF questionnaires and instruction manuals.
The FGD and Individual Interviews during the first day session was attended by respondents from different hatcheries located in South Cotabato, namely: Mr. Ryan Michael Alegre of the Sto. Niño Aquaculture Corp., Mr. Amlon Policarpio Jr. of Finfish Hatcheries Inc., Mr. Felipe Cañete of Gensan View Hatcheries, Mr. Garry Penuela and Mr. Alfred Decosta from Tantangan, and group of fish farm owners from LRS Farm headed by Ms. Elisa Sunga. The discussion was facilitated by Senior Statistical Specialist Edward Donald Eloja of PSA RSSO XII. Guided by a set of questions, they discussed the definition of terms, agriculture structure, activities and practices including economic activity, resources and management, operations, disposal, issues and challenges, and community trends.
On the second day, the group together with PSA RSSO XII Regional Director Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, CESO V visited PFDA-General Santos City Fish Port Complex (GSCFPC). Engr. Jun Superticioso, Officer-in-Charge and Mr. Paris Uldarico Ayon, OIC-ASD lead the presentations about the management and operation activities of the fish port complex. Mr. Ayon informed the body that the GSCFPC boasts of a complete six (6) cold storage each with 300-metric ton capacity, four (4) tons/day brine freezer, a 60-tonner ice plant, and a 1680-meter landing/preparation area. Later in the afternoon, the group proceeded to Gensan View Hatcheries. Mr. Felipe Cañete, one of the respondents during the FGD, toured the group inside the Catfish Farm and explained to them how does the hatchery management and operation takes place.