Human Resource Inventory and Environmental Scanning of Agriculture, Fishery and Natural Resources Sector in Western Visayas, Philippines

AUTHOR

Roel A. Alli,  Salvacion Villasi

ABSTRACT

This project was designed to provide a broad image of AFNR human resources to better understand
the factors causing the downtrend in enrolment in AFNR courses. Specifically, it aimed to determine the
socio-economic condition, how their education was financed, and the factors influencing the choice of
program. Furthermore, the project determined the effectiveness of HE] programs and services, relevance and
importance of knowledge/skills acquired from course/degree program, and the employment opportunities of
its graduates

Results of the study showed that majority of in-school students and graduates belonged to below
average income families whose main occupations were farming, forestry, and fisheries. Low family income
and inability to pay fees were found as reasons for the dropping out of students in AFNR degree programs
and shifting to other degree courses th.at are more affordable. The socio-economic and financial condition
of students influences their decisions in choosing degree programs and HEJ. Students are more concerned
with looking for degree programs that are provided with scholarships that could help them pursue and
finish their college education. With regards to the choice of HEJ, most of them have chosen schools that are
reputable as excellent academic institutions, high employability of graduates, cheap/affordable tuition fees,
reputation in the field of study, and as renowned research institutions

Students and graduates were very satisfied as to the effectiveness of HEls programs and services
offered in general, as well as the knowledge/skills acquired from degree courses. Students were aware of
the counseling center or services available in the campus and felt very satisfied with regards to campus
security

Graduates perceived that the knowledge and understanding, general qualities, general skills, and
specialized skills acquired from degree courses are very relevant to their job performance, and employers
are very satisfied with the overall college/university preparation of their AFNR employees.
Generally, AFNR graduates were employed in local companies that are AFNR in nature. In general,
employers perceived that graduates have the ability to perform tasks required and that their job is related
to the degree completed

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