Dipolog School of Fishery
Olingan, Dipolog City

For more particulars, see or call the Director or authorized representative at Tel.: (6365) 212-5273





            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 proper.  

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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 matters.

            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.  

Administration Building

            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 2000.

            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.  

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Dipolog School of Fishery Campus




City of Dipolog : Schools
Dipolog City is the educational center of Zamboanga del Norte and is also considered one of the 
educational centers of Northwestern Mindanao