De La Salle University

The University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is its social development arm responsible for promoting the Lasallian Social Development principles in the Community. COSCA, via its programs, engages the Lasallian community to actualize faith in action through service and solidarity with the poor. COSCA aims to develop awareness in the Community of the problems and issues that abound in the country. It encourages members of the University to examine their social responsibilities in the light of the Christian faith. To complement the limited financial resources of the University, COSCA raises funds for the programs it supports, most of which are aimed at those belonging t...
Jul 15, 2013

crm project updates (july 2013)

Talim Bay CRM project updates for July 2013 The Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Project in partnership with the local government of Lian, Batangas has expanded its Marine Protected Area (MPA) in sitio Keyreyna to inlcude a portion of the municipal waters along brgy Lumaniag Proper. Incidental activities included a marine survey and demarcation of boundaries. Part of the social preparations include the forming of a fishers and women's group within the same area who will spearhead the management of the said MPA.

The local tourism office noticed the increased number of local tourists and corporate groups coming over to visit the MPA of Talim Bay. They often experience the coral reef through direct interaction using skin diving equipment. Safety is ensured by the Kingfisher Association, a people's organization established by COSCA and trained in water safety by the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD) under the Philippine Department of Tourism.

There is also an increase in the number of volunteers from various institutions who are joining the mangrove restoration activities within Talim Bay. The latest group include the First Data Corp, TRED2 from DLSU and students from Adamson University in Manila. Representatives from Kingfisher Association were invited by the Conservation International (CI) to present and share their mangrove protection initiatives/experiences in Iloilo Province. COSCA and its local partners were invited to participate in a climante change workshop sponsored by the Shields Ocean Research (SHORE). Information generated is to be used for CRM and DRRM planning in selected coastal sites. COSCA also deployed 3 french students in sitio keyreyna to assist the partners in gathering information for the identification of supplemental livelihood options for the local residents. This initiative is in partnership with CORDAID.

Jul 5, 2013

DRRM update as of june 2013

The Center for Social Concern and Action tries its hands on pilot testing a food security approach at Lian, Batangas.

COSCA continued its support and monitoring activities to three (3) pilot barangays of Bungahan, San Diego and Cumba last June 2013. 

It is in Brgy. Bungahan that COSCA introduced the concept of food security by encouraging the local residents to establish a vegetable garden. The idea is simple. Have the residents grow typical vegetables they use as viands for their meals. They tend it like the usual garden. Fruits and other produce can be harvested during lean season or during periods of typhoon.  Vegetables and root crops include Eggplants, Squash, Corn, Okra, and Sweet Potato.

A tree planting event was conducted in Brgy. San Diego and participated in by its local residents and members of the BDRRMC.  Native tree species were used and planted along critical areas within the brgy to help prevent the effects of floodings, soil erosion and others.

Farm tools and a tree planting event was done in Brgy. Cumba.

A follow up visit was conducted by the team last June 18, 2013 at the three (3) pilot barangays Banawang, Pag-asa and Ibaba, all of Bagac, Bataan. 

Apr 10, 2013

Talim Bay Community, DLSU COSCA

The Talim bay community, conservation advocates  and the Center for Social Concern and Action of the DLSU – Manila pushes for  a more  environment  friendly  2013  with set  coastal resource management plans for Talim Bay  met  as planned. 

The Lian Marine Protected Areas Council  (LIMPAC) during its regular  planning and evaluation activity held last February 8, 2013  in  Barangay Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas  reviewed  its conservation initiatives in 2012.  The body  discussed the project updates, among others is the implementation of  mangrove  reforestation and  efforts  to  widen the  extent  of   fishing area demarcated as  a no-fishing zone, which   coastal ecosystem are strictly protected and which  area requires that  fishing activities within Talim Bay need to be  regulated.  The LIMPAC  takes the lead in overseeing  and  in setting  policy directions for the of Coastal Resource Management (CRM) project in Talim bay.

 Highlighting  the  activity was the  discussion  and  agreement reached to  sign a Memorandum of Agreement  (MOA) with the local officials  of  Barangay Binubusan, another CRM project area in the municipality of  Lian  and   the  Lian  Fisher Folk  Association for mangrove sea grass  protection.  

The Environment  and Natural Resources  Office  key staffer regularly inspects the  mangrove  in keeping   with the  project’s  goal to help the  fishing community conserve, protect and sustainably utilize Talim bay’s marine resources through the institutionalization of management options, among others.

The Center for Social Concern and Action of  the  De La Salle University – Manila undertakes  regular  deployment  of  students in the  project area in Lian, Batangas  as part of the  institution’s formation efforts.  Visiting the CRM area in Talim bay deepens community involvement  of DLSU students,  providing them opportunities to contribute to environmental conservation and protection initiatives, in line with the framework of faith in action.

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