FOURTEEN colleges and universities in the Philippines received digital library devices from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD).
Stephen Alayon, acting head of the library and data banking service section of SEAFDEC, said the turnover ceremony of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) Digital Fisheries Libraries was held recently during the celebration of SEAFDEC/AQD’s 45th founding anniversary in Tigbauan, Iloilo.
“The IAMSLIC Digital Fisheries Library contains over 26,000 PDFs of aquatic and marine sciences publications including SEAFDEC publications,” Alayon said.
He added that through the virtual library, the publications may be freely accessed by users through their laptops or smartphones with Wi-Fi connection.
“The targets of the gadgets are for those off-the-grid, where most of the fisheries schools are located, with intermittent Internet connection and power,” he said.
The 14 schools which received the digital library devices include Aklan State University in New Washington, Aklan; Capiz State University in Dayao, Roxas City, Capiz; Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College in Concepcion, Iloilo; University of Antique-Tario-Lim Memorial Campus in Tibiao, Antique; University of the Philippines Visayas in Miagao, Iloilo; Bicol University in Tabaco, Albay; Mindanao State University in Naawan, Misamis Oriental; Western Philippine University in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Bohol Island State University in Candijay, Bohol; Samar State University in Mercedes, Samar; University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato; Iloilo State College of Fisheries Main Campus in Iloilo; Central Luzon State University; and Mariano Marcos State University in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.
Alayon said the Philippines is the first country in Asia to use this gadget followed by Vietnam.
Prior to the 14 donated devices this year, five gadgets were previously given to Philippine fisheries libraries in 2017.
The gadgets were given to libraries devastated by typhoon Yolanda, including the Visayas State University in Tolosa, Leyte; Cebu Technological University in Daanbantayan, Cebu; and Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) in Estancia, Iloilo.
The two others were donated to the Cavite State University (CSU) in Naic, Cavite and Mindanao State University in Marawi.
SEAFDEC is an autonomous intergovernmental body established as a regional treaty organization which is mandated to promote sustainable fisheries development in Southeast Asia through research, training, and information dissemination activities.
It is comprised of eleven member countries namely Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (PIA-Iloilo)