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...
Mar 31, 2016

Talim Bay CRM project update

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) sought audience last February 2016 with Honorable Isagani Bolompo, Municipal Mayor of Lian, Batangas and Mr. Alvin Jonson, Head of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) to reiterate provisions of the new Philippine Fisheries Code (Republic Act 10654) specific to Regulations on Municipal Fisheries.

 

In a position paper submitted to the Local Chief Executive by Mr. Joseph Rosal, Manager of the University Community Engagement and Development (UCED) Program, a unit of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) implementing the Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project, he reiterates the following provisions of the said code:

 

1). Unauthorized fishing (Section 86);

2). Fishing through Explosives, Noxious or Poisonous Substance or Electricity (Section 92);

3). Use of fine mesh net (Section 93);

4). Fishing in Overexploited Fishery Management Areas (Section 94); and

5). Use of active fishing gears in Municipal Waters, Bays, and other Fishery Management Areas (Section 95);

6). Fishing in Marine Protected Areas, Fishery Reserves Refuge and Sanctuaries (Section 101).

 

The document serves to remind the Local Government Unit to strictly adhere to these provisions to ensure the continued productivity of Talim Bay and the rest of the municipal waters of Lian, these despite the challenges faced by the local reef system from the effects of coral bleaching and incidents of illegal fishing. By citing the key sections of the law, the paper reiterates the need for the major stakeholders in municipal fishing to be vigilant and consistent in the implementation of the said legal instrument.

 

The visit and the submitted document ultimately serves as an assurance that the project being implemented by COSCA is and will continue to provide technical support to the Municipality and its line agencies in its efforts to conserve, protect and sustainably utilize the natural resources of Lian.

 

COSCA together with the LGU and the Kingfisher Association are instrumental in the establishment of several Marine Protected Areas in the said bay and have encouraged the participation of substantial number volunteers from public and private institutions to join activities on Mangrove Forest Restoration and the Reef Appreciation.    

Mar 31, 2016

DRRM updates

De La Salle University (DLSU) in partnership with local universities and schools from the ASEAN region are currently preparing for several Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) learning session events this 2016.

 

This May, DLSU together with Ateneo de Manila (ADMU) and Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) will host the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Camp. This Philippine leg is themed as “Building Environmental & Cultural Awareness in the Asia Pacific Region". Discussions and Structured Learning Exercises will revolve around topics on Climate Change, Climate Resiliency and Culture. One highlight of this activity is an environmental trip to Talim Bay, Lian, Batangas to showcase the Mangrove Forest Restoration Activities in the area and allow direct participation of the ASEAN students in planting selected Mangrove species. Ultimately, the event, hopes to teach the students critical the link between conserving Mangroves and Climate Resiliency in the coastal communities.   

 

Another activity, jointly implemented by DLSU, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of the Philippines (UP) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and in partnership with Buklod Tao and Simbahan Lingkod ng Bayan to be held two weeks in August, will bring in 50 ASEAN students. The event is anchored on two objectives, one is to help the participants understand the different DRRM concepts using both global and local perspectives and the other, is to expose these same students to the DRRM realities in San Mateo (Rizal) and Payatas (Quezon City). Hopefully, these sessions will encourage the ASEAN participants to conceptualize a related project in their home countries.

 

Another event, this time in November and still organized by the same schools hope to bring in a total of 300 ASEAN faculty participants at the SM MOA to learn and share experiences in not only DRRM but also in other thematic areas of Community Engagement as well.

Jan 7, 2016

Talim Bay Project update

Recognizing the local MPA efforts
Recognizing the local MPA efforts

Presence of marine protected area (MPA) is a test to all community members regardless of their affinity, connection, and position.  In one of our informal conversations with Mr. Ariel Casihan, President of the Lian Kingfisher Association, he shared to us that one of his relative was caught fishing within the MPA.  Even if it was hard on his part, he dealt with the situation as responsible manager of the KayReyna MPA.  This is just one challenging circumstance being experienced by community members and even Barangay officials as they pursue genuine protection of the remaining marine life in Talim Bay.  In the case of Barangay Binubusan, Kagawad (councilor) Efren Padua had expressed how the Barangay council is dealing with everyday challenges in managing MPAs versus resources users.  Striking a balance between strict policy implementation and fair access to marine resources is not merely a responsibility as public official but it is more of an obligation to the next generation. 

Such conservation efforts gained recognition at the 2nd Batangas Recognition Awards for Verde Passage’s Outstanding (BRAVO 2015) Marine Protected Area and Best Bantay Dagat. Barangay Binubusan was awarded 2nd place while KayReyna MPA as 3rd place under Category 1 of Best MPA Initiatives.  This recognition is a joint undertaking of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Conservation International, First Gen Corporation, and USAID. 

Partners of the Lian MPA are continuously pouring in as support to marine life and community implementers.  The Br. SHORE (Br. Shields Ocean Research Centre) of De La Salle University conducted scuba diving training to selected Bantay Dagat members and officers of Lian Municipal Environment and Natural Resource unit as continuing capacity for coral reef check monitoring in all MPAs along Talim Bay.  On the other hand, the College of Law of De La Salle University is exploring possible collaboration with COSCA to assist community members in terms of legal aspect of the MPA. 

 
   

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