Update on the Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project
COSCA Community Engagement Bulletin No. 4 (February 12, 2015)
The Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management Project is one of many Community Engagement (CE) initiatives by the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA). Started in 2004, the project uses a Community-based approach in the conservation, protection and promotion of sustainable use of coastal resources within the Bay. It is also a partnership with the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas, DLSU Departments and other academic institutions and continues to receive grant funds Globalgiving (US).
Last January 24 and 25, 2015, 90 local partners led by representatives from the LGU and Fishers’ Organizations, aided by Mr. Emmanuel Sambale (GIS point person) and Mr. Dwight Lobhoy (COSCA Project Community Organizer) conducted a re-mapping of the Marine Protected Area of Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. The information gathered was used as reference to the Proposed Municipal Ordinance sponsored by Lian Municipal Counselors Exequel Bonuan and Carlito Caisip in formalizing the MPA within Talim Bay during its Second Reading last January 28, 2015.
In recognition of its developmental efforts in Talim Bay, the Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas led by Municipal Mayor Isagani Bolompo, awarded COSCA a Plaque of Appreciation last January 27, 2015 in simple ceremonies during the Municipality’s Foundation Day Celebrations.
Faculty members and students from De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSUD) and from the Far Eastern University (FEU) also joined the Project’s mangrove forest restoration activities in Brgy Lumaniag last December 2014 and January 2015.
For information on how you can volunteer for this CE project, please contact Mr. Joseph Rosal, COSCA Coordinator for Community Engagement via firstname.lastname@example.org or through +6302-525-4267.
The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) participated in the recent coastal clean-up in Brgy Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. Spearheaded by the Municipal Office of Lian, the activity involved several local Peoples’ Organization and other department of the Local Government Unit.
The project is currently strengthening several Peoples’ Organization in 3 coastal communities in Talim Bay. This is to ensure that these groups are still aligned in activities involving protection and preservation of the coastal ecosystem, more specifically, through the implementation of the marine protected area in Brgys Lumaniag and Binubusan. Related to this, the project also assisted officials from Brgy Luyahan in the approval of their brgy ordinance for the establishment of their fish sanctuary.
The project also provided a mangrove orientation to the canteen concessionaires of De La Salle Dasmarinas, aside from assisting them during their mangrove planting activity in Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian Batangas. The group planted 258 mangroves seedlings.
The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF) conducted a mangrove training to Samahang Mangingisda (SM) 79 related to a grant for their manrgove nursery project. SM 79 received a substantial amount for the purpose of planting 10,000.00 seedlings within their brgy.
the center for social concern and action in partnership with the alfred shields fsc ocean research center and the philippine poluution prevention roundtable is sponsoring a learning session on vulnerability assessments of coastal ecosystems in batangas bay.
the one day event scheduled on oct 14 and to be held in de la salle lipa is designed to provide information to key local government unit representatives from the coastal municipalities around batangas bay on the critical link between ecological status of coastal ecosystems and vulnerabilities of coastal communities to the effects of climate change. second, from the information to be shared by our scientists, it is hoped that lgu and companies through their corporate social responsibility programs/projects work hand in hand to plan out adaption and mitigation strategies.
the ultimate aim of the activity then is to firm up a public-private partnership in sustainable development.
the event organizers are expecting 100 participants from the different stakeholders around batangas bay. this session is also in partnership with the provincial government environment and natural resources office (pgenro-batangas) and the batangas bay coastal resource management foundation.
A reef ranger training was conducted by the center for social concern and action (COSCA) last April 10 and 11, 2014 at brgy binubusan, lian, batangas. the objectives of the sessions include the following: 1. provide essential water safety skills to new members of the reef rangers in brgy binubusan; 2. identify marine sites in the said brgy which can be developed into ecotourism areas; 3. expand possible livelihood opportunities for the local residents.
The actual training was conducted by 3 senior reef ranger volunteers. this is a deliberate strategy employed by the COSCA to further empower the local fishers and at the same time encourage them to share their experiences with others. By the end of the 2 day training, the new reef rangers from the brgy were able to formalize their local structures and to identify other needs that have to be addressed prior to their full operation.
This activity is part of the talim bay coastal resources management project by cosca in partnership with the local government unit of lian, batangas. Its ultimate aim is to promote an appropriate resource management scheme within the municipality that anchors on the following principles: people empowerment, sustainability, systems oriented, and research based.
Twenty fishers and local residents from Brgys. Lumaniag, Binubusan and Luyahan attended the reef ranger snorkeling guide training conducted by the team led by Mr. Louie Mencias and Mr. Reymundo Pomarca last December 10 to 15, 2013. The 6 day session aims to provide the participants with knowledge and skills on the following: Introduction to the Philippine coral reefs and the marine environment, community based eco-tourism; coastal resource management, seven environmental principles; outdoor guiding principles and techniques, basic and advanced technique in snorkeling, and first aid and water safety.
This is sequel to the previously conducted reef ranger training phase 1. For this session, a new set of participants were to be trained as reef ranger guides in anticipation of the increase in the number of local tourists coming to view the protected reef of Talim Bay.
The ultimate objective of this training is to provide the local resource users supplemental source of income while protecting their own ecosystems.
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