P34.7-M allocated for ZSCMST Fisheries program Print
Monday, 07 August 2017 16:16

A total of P34.7-million had already been allocated by the national government for the extension campus of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology in barangay Victoria (ZSCMST.)

ZSCMST President Dr Milavel Nazario said that the area will serve students of Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture where the students specialize in fish pond operation and management.

The students are expected to use the campus for the school year 2018-2019 once the facilities are completed.  The students come from areas in region 9 where most are scholars of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST.)

New and related courses are also expected to be launched with the completion of the campus.

The national government started to allocate funds in 2015 when it provided P10-million for land development of the Victoria campus.  Developments include the construction of dikes, fishpond and fencing for the property.

The following year, the college again received P10-million.  The amount was spent for the construction of a building that housed a classroom, the administration office and a laboratory.

The construction of a wooden pier was also started.

That same year, Senator Pia Cayetano also gave the amount of P4.7-million for the construction of floating fish cages.

For this year, the national government provided the amount of P10-million for the institution’s Ocean Farming Training Center Building.  Bidding is expected this month.

The ZSCMST extension campus in Victoria is housed in a 9.5-hectare property of the school donated by the late Ricardo Marmoleño, a former member of the Board of Trustees.

ZSCMST is the only school specializing in Fisheries courses in region 9.  (RGAAGo)