Thirty-one personnel of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) participated in the two-day training needs assessment (TNA) on May 25 and 28, 2021.
Organized by the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, CFOS, (CFOS-IFPDS) via Zoom, the training was sought to enhance the capability of the CFOS faculty members and research, extension, and professional (REPS) in conducting TNA for accurate identification of the needs of the stakeholders as well as the levels of the present situation in the identified or targeted training sites.
TNA is the method of identifying the gaps between the present status and the desired status that can be translated into a training need.
According to its social media page, experts from Rare Philippines, a leader in social marketing for marine biodiversity conservation, facilitated the training. They were Mr. Caesar Fel Cadiz, Ms. Angeli Joyce Barafon, Ms. Meg Seranilla, and Mr. Sol Emmanuel Badoy.
On day 1, they introduced TNA concepts and steps, TNA application, and tips for conducting an effective TNA. The participants were randomly divided into four groups to discuss a fictional case story provided and to develop TNA plans in the context of the new normal, taking into account the key elements in the TNA planning.
The outputs were presented on the second day of the training. Diane Figueroa of Rare Philippines shared her comments/observations on each of the presentations. She said the training brought a lot of insights not only to the participants but also to Rare. She expressed their intention to work with UP Visayas continuously.
The participants were grateful to Rare Philippines for sharing their expertise in TNA.
Dr. Iris Ann Borlongan, representing faculty members – said the training sharpens their critical and analytical skills. She said, “the workshop is timely and significant as we improve our public service and develop our training that entails collaboration to have a great impact.”
Meanwhile, Karmelie Monaya, Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS) of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT), said that they were able to apply the knowledge that they learned in identifying the gaps and determining possible actions to address these gaps as well as to develop their skills in training needs analysis in order to serve the community better.
Ariel Sefil, a graduate student of CFOS, hoped that they could use this training in their research endeavors.