PSU-Binmaley campus: Developing Global competence through Fisheries
In the coastal province of Pangasinan, in the town of Binmaley, which has a thriving aquaculture industry, there is the Pangasinan State University-Binmaley campus in Barangay San Isidro Norte.
The two main roads leading to the barangays of San Isidro Norte and Buenlag intersect about 100 meters from the campus. While the 2.4 hectares of fishponds are used for research and instruction, on a 3.8 hectare plot of land lie the six buildings which are used by students and the faculties.
PSU-Binmaley campus is one of Pangasinan State University’s ten campuses and is well-known for its proficiency and excellence in the field of fisheries, making it the campus’ Center of Excellence. It has obtained this status by working hard and helping people for many years, which led to great results in its most popular program, the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
The College of Fisheries underwent various stages of transformation prior to its establishment. It was started originally as the Binmaley School of Fisheries by virtue of R.A. 685 in 1966 and later became the Pangasinan College of Fisheries in 1969. The emphasis of the course offerings was then placed on both the secondary and tertiary levels. When Pangasinan State University was established in 1979 as a result of PD 1497, the PCF’s collegiate program was incorporated into the PSU system, which also signaled the end of the DECS’s direct supervision. The degree programs, along with the faculty, administrative staff, some buildings, and a portion of the school grounds, were transferred to PSU.
High-quality fishing education is unavoidably required to produce a workforce that can help stop further depletion of aquatic resources and begin their correct management for sustainable output. It is crucial for fostering favorable attitudes toward the use of the coastal environment and for raising environmental awareness among coastal dwellers and other stakeholders. True to its promise of providing quality fishing education, the PSU Binmaley College of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences is actively collaborating with various well-known and reputable institutional organizations.
PSU Binmaley College of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences is an active member of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, Tanggol Kalikasan, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Inland Fisheries Technology Center, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Central Luzon State University, University of the Philippines in the Visayas and others. The CFES representing the University is an active member of the Board of the Philippine Fisheries Network (PhilFIN). Likewise, the CFES is an associate member of the ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN), making PSU Binmaley CFES one of the three (3) fishing institutions in the Philippines to become an Associate Member of the ASEAN-FEN. These are the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Central Luzon State University, and Pangasinan State University.
On the other hand, for students to get to explore their potential in their specific field of interest, the PSU Binmaley Campus also offers three other courses: Bachelor of Secondary Education, BS Criminology, and BS Environmental Science. Two of which are board programs, BSE and BS Crim, while BSES is a non-board program.
PSU’s results on the board show a sustained uptrend in its core competencies. The Fisheries program’s passing rate is higher than the national passing rate in the last 4 years and has never failed to produce a board topnotcher in the last 4 years, and PSU is one of the two among the six SUCs in the region that produced topnotchers.
The PSU Binmaley Campus is committed to its mission of providing quality education. It continues to put the campus to new heights, achieving more recognition.