Just a few days into his role as the Mangingisdang Direktor, MD Arnel Bitome met his farmer counterpart, DA Bikol’s Magsasakang Direktor, Bernadette de los Santos during her courtesy visit to BFAR Bikol on May 7, 2024, at the BFAR Regional Office in Bula, Camarines Sur.

RD Ariel Pioquinto held a brief meeting together with the Chief of the Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division (RFTFCD), Joelle Benavidez, where collaborative activities for the fisherfolk and farmers were initially discussed and planned out. To maximize the courtesy visit, Mangingisdang Direktor Bitome and Magsasakang Direktor de los Santos also visited the Fish Processing Plant (FPP) and discussed other opportunities for cooperation and joint projects with the FPP Head, Ma. Elsa Malna.

Meanwhile, MD Bitome’s first few days in the office included attending the first flag ceremony where he met the employees of the Regional Office. An orientation was conducted where the heads of offices briefly discussed with him their respective office profiles and tasks. He was apprised of the organizational structure and the process flow of documents and office transactions. He also visited all the divisions, sections and units including the Commission on Audit.

Bitome also served as observer during the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) meeting and thereafter graced the orientation program for Industry/Facility Tour of senior high school students from Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation, wherein he delivered the opening message.