Jan 21, 2020

Local Fishers Explore Alternative Sources of Income while Maintaining Talim Bay's Health

Orientation Training on Mud Crab Fattening
Orientation Training on Mud Crab Fattening

       

      Talim bay’s stakeholders continue to support and implement activities necessary to help maintain the bay’s biodiversity and health by  preserving areas declared as "marine protected."  Also,  Initiatives for other alternative sources of income for local fishers like community-based ecotourism, crab fattening, sea cucumber ranching, among others, for the local fishers are being explored  to mitigate the adverse effect on the marine resource availability (which reduces the income of local fishers) due to over extraction of marine resources, pollution, destruction and bleaching of coral reef, among others. Thirty-eight (38) local fishers  and/or their household members attended on December 9, 2019 a training-orientation on Mud Crab culture / fattening and  Sea Cucumber Ranching.  De La Salle University’s (DLSU)-Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) has  partnered with the team of Dr. Chona Abeledo, a faculty from the DLSU Biology Department and a member of DLSU’s Practical Genomics Laboratory (PGL).  PGL’s goal is to help in the 'democratization of science and the development of practical technologies for the advancement of Philippine agriculture and fisheries.'

       A Memorandum of Agreement was executed by official representatives from the Office of DLSU’s Vice President for Lasallian Mission, DLSU-COSCA, Office of the Commission for  Filipinos  Overseas, Lian Fisher folk Association, Inc., Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH) and Feed the Hungry FA for the implementation of  Mud Crab Fattening and Sea Cucumber Ranching.  FtH  has expressed willingness to provide funding  for these livelihood projects in Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas.

       Also,  Talim bay's stakeholders continue the regular reef monitoring with the assistance of  Ms. Sapugay and Mr. Quenamot, COSCA Specialists and  Mr. Tadena, Program Coordinator and in  coordination with LGU Lian’s Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Mr. Jonson. The  activity helps encourage local fishers and other members of the community to continue their efforts to protect the remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs in Talim bay.  A  community-led reef check activity conducted on November 28, 2019 to December 1, 2019  undertaken in the marine protected areas of Sitio Kay Reyna, Lumaniag and Binubusan, both in the municipality of Lian, Batangas helped enhance the local fishers' capacity to monitor their marine ecosystem.  both in the municipality of Lian, Batangas has enabled  local fishers to observe any increase in fishery production and note the presence of marine life / type of fish in the area thus, 

       Moreover, members of LFA and other organizations of fishers in Talim bay such as the  Barangay SAGIP Women’s LOVE, and the Samahan ng Mandaragat sa Sulok Fisher folk Association participated in the December 15 and  16, 2019 team building  activities facilitated by DLSU-COSCA.

Crab Technology Mentor shares her knowledge
Crab Technology Mentor shares her knowledge
Training on Crab Fattening
Training on Crab Fattening
Learning new technology on Crab Growing
Learning new technology on Crab Growing
Jan 21, 2020

Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development Program Updates

      In October, Hult Prize @ DLSU, the supervised student organization of De La Salle University’s (DLSU)  Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) conducted the “On Campus Boot Camp and Competitions” on October 18-19 and November 23, 2019. These activities were undertaken as part of the preparations for the Hult Prize Regionals, which is a global competition for social entrepreneurship and social innovations. Through the On Campus Competitions, three teams of DLSU were selected, who will then represent the country in Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok Regionals.

      Another section of NSTP-LSEED comprised of DLSU’s School of Economics (SOE) students completed their class on social entrepreneurship. Through the joint effort of LSEED students and KAYUMANGGI Paranaque (community organization), a social enterprise “Bighani” has been created and established.

       In area of student competition, Airdisc, another SE being incubated under LSEED Fellowship program was selected and showcased in the Global Grad Show under the Dubai Design Week last November 12-16, 2019 in Dubai, UAE. The exhibition brought together highlights from the degreee shows of the most innovative technology and design programs in the world. In 2019 edition, feature works from 100 universities in +42 countries were showcased. Team IsdaBest on the other hand, was declared as Manila Regionals winner of both the SoGal Global Pitch Competition and 2019 Greenpreneurs Global Business Pitch Competition.

       As part of its advocacy initiative, DLSU-LSEED actively participated in the series of meeting and committee hearing for the passing of the Poverty Reducation Through Social Entrepreneurship (PRESENT) Bill. The Bill pushes forward the agenda of developing and supporting social enterprises in the country. LSEED is a core member of the PRESENT Coalition.

      The program lead of LSEED was also recently recognized by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) as one of the top 5 finalists for “Engagement Leader of the Year” during the 2020 Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards, held in Kochi India, January 10, 2020.

Jan 7, 2020

Enhancing Capacity for Safety and Resiliency of Partners Communities

Sharing on providing relevant relief
Sharing on providing relevant relief

      DLSU-Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) facilitated the participation of representatives of its partner  barangays in Leveriza, Manila in the  second batch of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training of Trainers  (CBDRRM ToT) organized by the De La Salle Philippines and COSCA. The CBDRRM ToT conducted  on October 1  to 4, 2019 was also attended  by representatives of other De La Salle Philippines schools in Luzon area.

      The 4-day CBDRRM ToT was pursued to help partner barangay  local government units in Leveriza Manila enhance their capacity on resiliency and  safety.  Formal leaders and representatives from pilot barangay LGUs participated  during the ToT in the  discussion of the  following: a) Context of Disaster in the Philippines and Importance of CBDRRM, b) Steps in Conducting CBDRRM, c) Disaster Preparedness, Prevention, and Mitigation, d) Disaster Response, Rehabilitation, and Recovery, and e) Action Planning.

      A simulated CBDRRM training guided by the local Service Provider, the Center for Disaster Preparedness was conducted during the last day of the CBDRRM ToT, Participants acted as training  facilitators.  The participants had the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills taught  on DRRM concepts and the various techniques in formulating effective and efficient plans and actions related to DRRM. The simulation activity was necessary  for participants to get accredited with the Philippine government’s Office of Civil Defense as CBDRRM trainers.

      The CBDRRM ToT was facilitated under COSCA’s  Lasallian Sustainable Development Program’s Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance component to help contribute to building disaster resilient partner communities.   This is an initial step for the conduct of  CBDRRM training in the partner  barangays of DLSU-COSCA.

      Other  activities undertaken during the  last quarter of  2019  considered  the need for team building  activities and reflection  sessions among members of the DLSU partners communities and organizations being  at the frontline and directly affected in times of disaster or calamity.. 

Barangay LGU leader shares during the training
Barangay LGU leader shares during the training
CBDRRM Training participants and organizers
CBDRRM Training participants and organizers
 
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