Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Regional Office No. 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur 4418
Telefax: (054) 361-2326
BFAR- Bicol Holds College Scholarship Exams to Children of Fisherfolk, Top 10 High School Grads
To assist the children of small-scale fisherfolk in pursuit of higher education for their socio-economic development, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - Bicol conducted the 7th Nationwide Competitive Examination for Fisheries Scholarship Program – Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) last April 13, 2013 at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture auditorium in San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur drawing a total of 132 examinees from the six provinces in Bicol, wherein 53 are from Camarines Sur, 37 from Albay, 24 from Sorsogon, 10 from Camarines Norte, 5 from Catanduanes, and 3 from Masbate.
The top ten placers shall be the scholars from Bicol Region. They may enroll in any state college or university in Bicol offering Bachelor of Science in Fisheries courses. The examination results shall be released on the month of May.
Moreover, BFAR-Bicol also conducted the 21st Nationwide Competitive Examination for the Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) – Industry Leaders last April 6, 2013 in Albay Central School, Legaspi City in cooperation with the Department of Education. This scholarship is for high school graduates who belong to the Top 10 of his/her graduating class.
A total of 24 students from Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Note and Sorsogon availed of this examination. The top three slots shall receive the scholarship grant for a four-year Bachelor of Science in Fisheries course starting on the 1st Semester of S/Y 2013-14 at the Central Luzon State University (for Luzon scholars).
The thirteen recipients of the two BFAR scholarships are entitled to a P2,500 monthly allowance, P2,000 book allowance, P3,000 thesis support and P500 graduation support.
BFAR Regional Director Dennis del Socorro assures that his office shall even support the successful graduates of these scholarship programs with their employment. They will be prioritized during hiring should they choose to work in BFAR. If there is no vacancy, BFAR will refer them to other government agencies or companies that need their services. (A. Joven / R. Canabe)