The Dipolog School of Fisheries, the only fishery school
in Dipolog City and the province of Zamboanga del Norte, was
established in 1961.
Classes with 25 students (18 boys and 7 girls) were
temporarily sheltered at the borrowed accommodation at Zamboanga
del Norte School of Arts and Trades, Dipolog City on October 23,
1961. This day is being remembered as the Foundation Day of the
Dipolog School of Fisheries.
The work of
institutionalizing the school did not end on that day of October
1961. In a sense, it only had started. A school site had to be
acquired and a building to hold classes and where the Principal
and his staff can hold office had to be constructed. To find a
location, a survey was conducted along the coastal areas of
Dipolog City, i.e. from Sicayab in the northeast to Punta in the
southwest. Two probable sites were selected during the
survey-Barangay Minaog in the northeast and Barangay Olingan.
The later was chosen because the community was willing to
support the school as an institution of vocational education in
the locality; besides, the survey team found that Olingan has
rich fisheries resources. The site has an area of 26.2460
hectares. It is located seven kilometers away from the city
Registrar's Office and the Zn pebbles
collection on the foreground
The school year 1962-63 gave the school a great number of
teachers and employees to handle both academic and fiscal
With the increase of school population, the school has
also increased her facilities capacity for accommodation.
Another landmark in the development of the Dipolog School
of Fisheries was the offering of the Three-Year Fishery
Technical Education curriculum leading to Diploma in Fishery
Technology in 1974.
For better job opportunities in fisheries, Bachelor of
Science in Fisheries (BSF) major in Fish Processing and Inland
Fisheries was offered effective the second semester of the
school year 1976-77. Few years later, Bachelor of Science in
Fishery Education with the same major fields was opened.
In 1993, the school offered Bachelor of Science in
Education major in General Science and Aquaculture as an
extension of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and
Technology, Zamboanga City but this program ended in the year
The school as a technical-vocational institution offering
both secondary and post-secondary courses was mandated to be
under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
in July 1977. In support of this program, it is using
“Competency Based Vocational Education” as its main method
of the delivery if instruction.
At present, short-term courses offered are: Three-Year
Food Preparation and Service Technology, Two-Year Hotel and
Restaurant Management and Tourism, Two-Year Marine Drafting,
Two-Year Certificate in Agri-Fisheries Entrepreneur-Sanayan sa
Ikabubuhay Pansarili (SIKAP-CAFÉ), Two-Year Marine Drafting,
One-Year Deck Stewarding, Six-month Marine Welding and Steel
Fabrication, Six-Month Food Preparation and Technology and
Six-Month Nata de Coco Making.
In its entrepreneurial thrust is undertaking Income
Generating Projects (IGP) in fishing, mariculture, bangus
culture, tilapia culture, fish processing, kroepeck making,
nutri-curls and other money making projects that give income and
training to students.
Scanning back over the past 39 years, the school has 10
concrete buildings and four semi-concrete structures.
At the foundation of the school, 25 students can be seen
stretching their limbs to greet the coming of a new day. Today,
over 600 students end their way to school at Dipolog School of
Fisheries; and 38 years ago today, seven pioneer teachers and
employees sweated it out to build a haven in this woody nook of
a sparsely populated Olingan, now 72 regular members of the DSF-PAVE
Chapter share the burden of responsibility of running the
affairs of the school.
This, in a nutshell, is the life of Dipolog School of
Fisheries that gives life its worth in this quiet and humble
nook of the City of Dipolog.
Today, she lives with a dream of becoming the Mindanao
College of Fisheries and Allied Sciences and Technology.