May 24, 2021

Fishers and Conservation Advocates Continue Efforts to Protect and Preserve Talim Bay's Resources

           In line with the efforts to maintain biodiversity and manage Talim bay’s marine ecosystem and  at the same time provide  alternative  source  of  income  for the local  fishers, collaborative  efforts are being pursued  by   local fishers, the  Lian Fisherfolk  Association, Inc. (LFAI), Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Lian (Batangas) and DLSU (COSCA and Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research (SHORE) Center) in the implementation of the following:

A. Community Based Coral Reef Monitoring

            Local fishers from organizations of fisherfolks who were trained as local scientists investigate the reef ecosystem processes of their respective Marine Protected Area (MPA). This initially started in the MPA of Sitio Kayreyna, then trained local fishers from other Talim bay MPAs followed the conduct of Community Based Monitoring using the C30 Method. A report on the coral reef monitoring undertaken last March 8 to 10 was shared by Ms. Annadel Sapugay, DLSU-COSCA’s L-EnviSage Specialist. COSCA through its Lasallian Sustainable Development Program (LSDP) L-EnviSaGe Component assisted LGU Lian Municipal Environment Officer in reef monitoring using the C30 method, maximizing the potential of local capacity /expertise in monitoring corals, fish and invertebrates) to monitor the status of the MPAs in Lian, Batangas and in the long run help strengthen conservation measures in Talim bay and help ensure the health and sustainability of marine resources in the area.

          Together with DLSU COSCA, DLSU’s SHORE Center, and representatives from the Oceanus Conservation, and UP Marine Science Institute made the community based coral reef monitoring possible.

B. Mangrove Tree Planting in Observance of International Day of Forests

          COSCA through its LSDP-L-EnviSaGe component and in partnership with LFAI facilitated the planting of 500 seedlings of Avicennia sp. (Kalapinay) in Sitio KayReyna, Lian, Batangas in observance of the International Day of Forests last March 21, with the theme, “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”

(Photos provided by LFAI’s Mr. A. Casihan and Mr. W. Clores)

May 24, 2021

LSEED Center in the new normal

LSEED Accomplishments
LSEED Accomplishments

After 7 months in the transition as a Center, the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) has now completed 75 percent of its targets and has formally transformed its initiatives in areas of formation, social enterprise development, internship, volunteerism, advocacy, internationalization, and curricular efforts as online contents/services to the Lasallian community and its internal and external partners. 

Last April 30, in celebration of its 5th year anniversary, LSEED Center launched its engagement primer and newsletter. The primer contains a comprehensive overview of the Center and its programs, as well as the menu of engagements for the Lasallian community. On other hand, the newsletter features the inspiring stories of Lasallian social entrepreneurs, partners, and other stakeholders. 

The back-to-back webinar series of LSEED and #WeCAN Talks are now on its second and first seasons, respectively. LSEED Talks now features social enterprise enablers while #WeCAN Talks showcases the efforts of the member universities of #WeCAN, a regional network which was an outcome of LSEED Center's international boot camp in 2019.

At present, LSEED Center implements 32 initiatives under 6 programs and is now operating in both Manila and Laguna campuses.


May 11, 2021

Partners' Formation Session on Improving Capacities on Resiliency

     The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is the social development arm of the De La Salle University. COSCA acknowledges the important role of the people in the community in terms disaster preparedness and mitigation.

     DLSU-COSCA supports its partner communities through partnership building and by strengthening organizations that support climate change adaptation, mitigation, and protection of our environment.

     Equally recognizing its role as a resource for knowledge generation and advocacy sharing, DLSU-COSCA implements and supports awareness building for people at the frontline and are directly affected by typhoons, flooding, and other calamities.

     The pandemic only pushes DLSU-COSCA to pursue awareness and capacity-building activities through a digital platform. The presentation and sharing by Ms. Sapugay, COSCA's Lasallian Environmental Sustainability, and Governance Component Specialist, highlighted the sharing of experiences of community members and partner organizations in terms of the following: (a.) readiness of self and family if a disaster happens, (b.) ensuring the safety of self and family members, and (c.) roles and contributions in the context of climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

     The partners' formation session also discussed the current state and trends on DRRM in the Philippines. The session provided community partners a venue to share their experiences, learnings, and re-examine the challenges in community preparedness and disaster response.

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