The speech I wrote for my boss when she served as the guest speaker during a Foundation Anniversary of a school.

First of all, my warmest greetings to everyone!

To the Municipal Mayor of Naic, Honorable Edwina P. Mendoza;

to the Cavite State University President, Dr. Divinia C. Chavez;

to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ma. Agnes P. Nuestro;

to the different directors:

Mr. John Xavier B. Nepomuceno of RD&E Services;

Dr. Ligaya P. Antiojo of Curriculum and Instruction; and

Ms. Leah C. Navarro of Administrative and Support Services;

to CvSU-Naic Campus Dean, Dr. Alexander F. Ferre;

to the Chairpersons of the different Departments, professors and instructors, unit heads, faculty members and students,

Good morning!

Cavite State University has been one of our active partners in the development and improvement of the fisheries sector of CALABARZON. Among the SUCs we have worked with, CvSU-Naic has been the easiest to work with, being cooperative and facilitative.

Two of the major projects that we are currently working with CvSU-Naic are the Philippine National Aquasilviculture Program or PNAP and the Save Manila Bay Project. PNAP, which started in CY 2011 has three components: mangrove rehabilitation, aquasilviculture and community-based hatchery.

CvSU-Naic was the first University to implement the project. Their dedication towards work, commitment, organized and well-planned goal-setting, proper coordination with other agencies, open communication and well-guided personnel have contributed to their success in implementing the project.

To facilitate the fast implementation of PNAP, CvSU-Naic has facilitated the travel of PNAP team; organized the inter-agency meeting/orientation on PNAP; provided the expenses on various coordination with other agencies by CvSU personnel; provided the travel expenses of the engineer and the architect who attended the training on Community-based Hatchery held in Samar, Leyte; provided the labor and area for the community-based hatchery project.

To date, 98,530 pcs of mangrove propagules were planted in Kawit, Noveleta, Bacoor, Ternate and Naic which are coastal areas along Manila Bay. The beneficiaries of the mangrove rehabilitation component totalled to 16 fisherfolk and the total area was 70 hectares.

For the aquasilviculture component, materials for the cage including nets and ropes have already been delivered to site and ready for installation. The project will occupy 11 hectares and 11 beneficiaries were identified.

For the community-based hatchery, the existing hatchery in the campus will be used. This year, we are looking forward to finally start this.

Together with the University, we have conducted a survey for the proposed area for the crab lying-in hatchery and the MOA between CvSU and Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Ternate have been signed in January. The construction of the framework for the lying-in will start this February as well as the construction of cistern tank and filter box. Gravid crabs will be procured within March to June as well as the distribution of seed stocks to the beneficiaries.

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