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

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.

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.    

 
   

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