Part of my work is to assist in the conduct of seminars, meetings and trainings. This gives me an opportunity to go places, learn, share ideas and be inspired of what I am going to write next. More than a month ago, we visited Ramon Magsaysay Technological University’s Candelaria Campus, formerly known as Candelaria School of Fisheries.
After the meeting, I had an opportunity to walk around the campus (the part that RMTU owns). It is small. There are asphalt stone paths as well as covered walkways leading to the key buildings. It is far from the town proper and took us about five minutes from the highway to the campus by car.
The ambiance in the campus is backward. It has that provincial feel (the characteristic is colloquially referred to as “promdi” derived from the phrase “from the province”).
It was a hot sunny day during our visit. The sea breeze was strong, causing the flag to brandish proudly, but it did not help as it blew the warm air with it. The weather was scorching hot although there was cloud cover. Zambales weather is just like that specially in summer months – and it was not even summer yet.
Yet, it was a memorable visit despite the backward atmosphere and the heat.
One of the school’s officials toured us and gave us information about the place as we walked around the campus.
Ramon Magsaysay Technological University is a state university. The state-run higher education institute has seven campuses in Zambales, divided by geographic location: North Campuses, Mid Campuses and South Campuses.
Candelaria Campus is one of the satellite campuses of RMTU in the northern part of Zambales. It has a small student population and is located at Sinabacan. The compound is shared between RMTU and Candelaria School of Fisheries, a public secondary school that retained the name of the institution after its tertiary level became part of the state university. The campus offers baccalaureate degree programs in Education, Fisheries, Hotel and Restaurant Management and others.
The university also has income generating projects, research and extension services. The projects and activities differ across campuses. For instance, its San Marcelino Campus and Botolan campuses produce agriculture products. Candelaria campus, on the other hand, produces fish products.
One project is its milkfish production. RMTU Candelaria’s booth showcased their products during the university’s celebration of its Foundation Week, an annual event in celebration of the university’s foundation day. The products range from “tinapa” (smoked fish), “daing” (dried salted fish or it could be not dried but rather marinated in salt, sometimes with garlic, pepper, and vinegar and then fried), relyeno (fish stuffed with spices, vegetables and meat), sardines, and many others.
The products are great not only for personal consumption but also for pasalubong (gifts).
We were able to visit their fishponds where the milkfish are harvested and enjoyed the great view. You could see the fishing area from the distance and hear the echoing sound of the waves of the sea. In addition, the students were friendly and the food they served us was great.
If you plan to study at RMTU Candelaria or partner with them for their production, research or extension programs, it is an ideal pursuit. The campus is planning to be a center for marine studies and research in the province and in the region. To know more, you may visit www.rmtu.edu.ph.