The UP Marine Science Institute hosted a workshop on ensuring the sustainability of the National Academic Research Fleet (NARFleet) this January 17-18 with partner universities UP Visayas (UPV), Bicol University (BU), and Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).

Led by UP MSI Director Dr. Laura David, the workshop was attended by delegates from across the country, including Dean Harold Monteclaro and Director Shiela Mae de Leon of UPV, Dr. Ronnel Dioneda Sr. of BU, and Chancellor Alizedney Ditucalan of MSU-IIT.

The NARFleet now has five assets — M/V Panata, M/B Patag, M/V Talingkas, F/V Panayana, and F/V Kalilintad — which are co-managed and/or co-hosted by UP MSI and partner universities. The NARFleet is a group of vessels dedicated to marine science research essential to research and academic activities, and capacity building of National Government Agencies (NGAs), Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), private sector, and the Filipino people.

List of attendees:

Bicol University (BU)

  1. Dr. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr.
  2. Atty. Daryl Alfante Redoblado (Bicol University Legal Officer)

University of the Philippines – Visayas (UPV)

  1. Dean Harold Monteclaro (Dean, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences)
  2. Director Sheila Mae De Leon (Director, Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology)
  3. Dr. Cristy Acabado
  4. Dr. Nathaniel Anasco
  5. Dr. Jerry Ian Leonida

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)

  1. Chancellor Alizedney M. Ditucalan
  2. VC Gaudencio Petalcorin Jr. (Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise)
  3. Dr. Maria Lourdes Dorothy Lacuna (Chairperson of Department of Marine Science)
  4. Dr. Maria Luisa Orbita (Graduate Programs Coordinator)
  5. Dr. Ephrime Metillo

NARFleet Vessels

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