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 belongi...
Jul 11, 2016

DLSU-COSCA Aligns Capacity Building of Partner People's Organizations in Talim Bay with Efforts

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The Coastal Resource  Management  (CRM)  has been  DLSU COSCA’s   strategy to  contribute  to  raising  awareness of coastal communities and on advocating policy reforms at the LGU Lian level since  it started its conservation  efforts  in  Talim Bay, Lian, Batangas  in 2004. The  initiatives  have  resulted  to  significant  contributions  in  the  attainment  of  milestones  which  includes  among  others,  the  approval of the  Lian Marine Protected Area (MPA),  regular mangrove planting, strong partnership between COSCA and Lian LGU, installation of MPA zones in Sitio KayReyna, Lumaniag  and Barangay Binubusan in Lian, Batangas.  Also, COSCA’s  partnership with the DLSU Br. Alfred Shields FSC  Ocean Research Center in the conservation efforts in Talim Bay  helped  instill  among  the fishers   the importance of coral reef conservation in protecting the  rich marine  life.

Maximizing the  gains  in the   implementation of the Integrated CRM  in the municipality of Lian and in  line with efforts  to  pursue  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)  localization,  capacity building interventions will  continue to be  implemented through a transition phase where major tasks and skills will be transferred to the LGU  and  Pos.   The transition  plan crafted and agreed upon  by the  program stakeholders  outlines  the   following  activities  identified  to sustain the efforts in Lian, Batangas:  a) strengthening  of existing structures both at the LGU and community level (i.e. established  barangay councils) through relevant capacity building techniques;  b ) continued enforcement   of the Lian ICRM policies and implementation of  appropriate systems; and, c) preparation  of  both the  LGU and community towards SDG localization.

DLSU- COSCA’s University Community Engagement  Development Program team  facilitated  the conduct of organizational diagnosis   (OD) of   the following  partner  people’s organizations (POs):   a) Lian Fisherfolk  Association (LFA)  on  May 14, 2016;  b) Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangisngisda ng Binububusan (SMMB) on April  30, 2016;  and, c) Samahang Mangangawil ’79 on  May  15, 2016.  The  OD activities  were  conducted  to determine the organizations’  level based on critical indicators  of  efficiency  and  effectiveness and to  identify appropriate interventions that will help strengthen COSCA’s partner POs.

The assessment  showed  among others,  the  need to  further strengthen relationship with relevant  structures at the  local  level  such  as the Lumaniag Barangay Council,  need to reinforce among   members of the  community the gains and value of  the Integrated  CRM  and  the establishment  and maintenance of  a Marine Protected Area and  the need  to  improve organizational  systems and policies on eco-tourism activities and  related services such as catering and marketing of mangrove seedlings.

Jul 11, 2016

Fishers Help Preserve Endangered Giant Clamss

          The restocking activities of  taklobo or  giant clams were  undertaken in Talim Bay  on  April 6, 21 and  May 17, 2016 by  the  LGU  of  Lian( Batangas), in  partnership  with the Lian Fisher folk  Association, Inc. (LFA),  Center  for Social Concern and  Action (COSCA)  and the Department of  Environment  and Natural Resources (DENR).  The  restocking  activities  is  part  of  LGU Lian’s  efforts   to  conserve  giant  clams,  which have  been reported  as threatened and  endangered species.

          Twenty five (25) cultured  large Tridacne gigas  locally  known as  taklobo  were donated  by the   DENR- National while the  DENR –Provincial  donated an additional  22  giant  clams.   The  giant clam nursery will help  improve the  recruitment  potential  of the species of  giant  clams and  in the  long  run   enhance  the  ecotourism  initiatives  in   Lian, Batangas.

           Members of the Lian Fisherfolk  Association  in Sitio Kay Reyna, Lumaniag   serve as  local  stewards as  they  monitor  the reseeded giant  clams in their  Marine Protected Area. 

           Prior  to  the  reseeding /restocking activity, members  of  the  community  were  reminded of  the provisions of  National Laws relevant  to  the  protection of  the giant  clams.  Specifically,   Section  97 of  Republic  Act No.  8550 or the Philippine Fisheries  Code of  1998 states that the fishing or  taking of  rare  threatened or endangered species as listed in the  Convention on  International Trade in Endangered Species of  wild  flora and fauna and  as determined by the  Department is a  violation of the  provision and will entail an imprisonment  of  twelve (12) years to  twenty (20) years and/ or  a  fine  of  one Hundred and Twenty Thousand pesos ( P 120,000.00)  and forfeiture of  the catch, and the  cancellation of  fishing  permit.  

             Fishers  of  Talim  bay took  the challenge of nurturing   the  giant clams and  of monitoring the  nursery as another leap in the performance  of  their  role  as resource managers  of Talim bay and as  biodiversity  conservation advocates.

Jun 30, 2016

Project updates

“Kaming nasa komunidad ang may responsibilidad na tulungan ang bawat isa kapag may disaster o panganib. Pero minsan wala kami magawa dahil sa kakulangan ng kakayahan at gamit (We, the community members have the responsibility to help each other whenever there is a disaster or threat. But sometime we are constraint in helping due to limited capacity and resources.)”. This is what the community members always say to us during our group discussion hopping. We believe and recognize as a center that communities play a major role in disaster preparedness and response.

Communities are considered frontlines and first receivers of any form of disaster; therefore, there is a need to increase their capacity on resiliency and safety. In this light, COSCA had adopted community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM) approach to equip the community with proper knowledge and skills, and to strengthen linkage with other stakeholders. Under the Sustainable Development Goals Localization Project of DLSU, COSCA initially conducted DRRM training needs assessment of the seven (7) partner communities/Barangays in Leveriza, District 5, City of Manila to identity level of priorities. This aimed at the following: a) determine the level of knowledge and awareness of the Barangays/communities; and b) Identify areas of intervention and prioritization. A total of sixty nine (69) respondents with varying positions in the Barangay Council and community members participated in the DRRM training needs assessment. 

We partnered with the Center for Disaster Preparedness, a well-known non-government organization that has been raising capacities of different communities across the Philippines. This partnership will bring forth significant impact to the identified communities in Manila.

 
   

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