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Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project

by De La Salle University
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Talim Bay Coastal Resources Management Project
Community Members Prepare their Relief Packs
Community Members Prepare their Relief Packs

     Talim bay's coastal communities, together with other stakeholders,the  continue to look for alternative source/s of income for local fishers while pursuing initiatives to help keep the bay's health, and sustain the fishers’ involvement through continued capacity building activities.  As this biodiversity conservation initiatives highly consider regulated fishing activities in portions of  Talim bay’s marine waters to protect  its coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forest, local fishers like most of  our vulnerable sectors are even pushed in a more difficult situation with the COVID 19 pandemic.

      DLSU-COSCA continue to support a number of COVID pandemic initiatives to  assist  the vulnerable sectors in its partner communities like the fishers in  Lian, Batangas.   Delivery of food packs  were facilitated  to the household members of area coordinators (ACs) of partner people’s orgnizations in  the coastal communities of Lian, Batangas:   seventeen (17)  ACs from  the like Lian Fisherfolk  Association, Inc.,  thirty-three (33) ACs from the Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok, and  6 ACs from the  Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Binubusan.

      COSCA  also recognizes the important role that Local Government Units (LGUs) play in making sure that food systems operate consistent with approved COVID-19 health protocols and directives, the people are properly informed and enterprises /businesses  and vulnerable sectors of society such as the fishers are protected and provided with needed assistance. Acknowledging this important role and to support LGU Lian’s efforts to protect its frontliners, COSCA facilitated on May 14, 2020 delivery to  partner  LGU of Lian, Batangas  the release of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated by the  De La Salle Philippines (Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas).

Mun. Mayor of Lian, Batangas receives the PPEs
Mun. Mayor of Lian, Batangas receives the PPEs
Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas
Photo by the Municipality of Lian, Batangas
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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
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Consultation sessions during medical mission
Consultation sessions during medical mission

      Talim bay’s local fishers,  Local Government Unit (LGU) of the Municipality of Lian, Batangas (reprsented by Municipal Mayor Isagani Bolompo), conservation advocates and the De La Salle University-Manila (represented  by  Br. Raymundo Suplido, DLSU President) through its Center for Social Concern and Action and the Br. Shields Ocean Research Center push to sustain biodiversity conservation initiatives with  the renewal   of   partnership   and  signing  of a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) on Sept. 23, 2019 in Matabungkay,  Lian, Batangas.   

      During the MOU signing, local fishers  were represented  by the  leaders of  LGU of Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas and of  local peoples’ organizations  like Lian Fisherfolk  Association, Inc. and the Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok at Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Binubusan.

      While maintaining  Talim bay’s biodiversity remains a challenge for  conservation advocates  and the fishing community given the concerns on coral reef bleaching  and limited  fish catch  in  Talim bay areas declared as marine protected ,  stakeholders commit to take a closer look at establishing  their version of a Marine Protected Area, designed to protect the municipal coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forest and help ensure the integrity of these ecosystems. The operative word is to sustainably utilize resources through regulation and peoples’ participation.

      To date, one coastal community in Talim Bay continues operation of its community based-ecotourism activity as alternative source of income for fishers.  Also, stakeholders pursue initiatives to help keep Talim bay's health, sustain peoples’ participation through continued  capacity building  activities and facilitate the  conduct of  relevant  services  with the community, among others.

      Moreover, De La Salle-Red Cross Youth, the DLSU-Lasallian Scholar’s Society, Sagip Bayan Foundation, Inc. and DLSU-COSCA through its Lasallian Health Education, Accessible Resources and Training Services component facilitated the conduct of a Medical Mission  last July 27, 2019.  Approximately 180 household members of  fishers in the coastal communities of Lian, Batangas received health services during the mission through medical check-up and provision of medicine supplies.

Students do their share in the Medical  Mission
Students do their share in the Medical Mission
Stakeholders Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
Stakeholders Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
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Collecting the trash before reaching the reef
Collecting the trash before reaching the reef

       DLSU-Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), together with Talim bay Coastal Resource Management’s (CBCRM) stakeholders strive to manage areas of  Talim bay declared as Marine Protected Area (MPA) to help restore Talim bay’s biodiversity and mitigate the effect of decreased fish catch. Initiatives like community based-ecotourism has provided alternative income for local fishers in Lumaniag. Regular monitoring of Talim bay’s reef encourage local community action, particularly on efforts that help protect and rehabilitate the bay’s damaged reefs.             

     During its regular reef check activity, the representatives of the local fishers organization or our fishers being trained as local scientists investigate the reef ecosystem processes of their MPA, initially in Sitio KayReyna, Lumaniag and in the long run, include the MPA in Binubusan, both in the Municipality of Lian, Batangas. Trained local fishers observe any increase in fishery production and note presence of a specific marine life / type of fish in the area. This activity basically facilitates the  generation of the necessary baseline information that will help enhance the capacity of  local fishers to monitor their marine ecosystem. 

      DLSU –COSCA also initiated last June 8, 2019 a clean-up activity on the shores of Barangay Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas as one of its contribution to the global initiatives on marine life protection - helping ensure that local waters are free from single-use plastics. The activity which coincides with the the observance of the World Oceans Day was undertaken in collaboration with Pure Oceans, a partner marine conservation social enterprise with a mission to keep our reefs and seas plastic-free. The  clean-up activity  collected a total of 257.5 kilograms of wastes around Talim bay area.  Of these, film plastics weighing 167 kilograms were transported to a Materials Recovery Facility in Mabini, Batangas for upcycling. Single-use plastic wastes were upcycled into school chairs.

     The clean-up activity was participated by volunteers from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Lian, Barangay Council of Lumaniag, Lian Fisherfolks Association, (LFA) Inc., Samahan ng Mandaragat sa Sulok Fisherfolks Association (SAMLOK), Women's Love Rural Improvement Club, SAGIP Kabarangay at Mandaragat, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, COSCA LOVE, DLSU Business Management Society, and DLSU Campus Sustainability Office.

      A report on the reef check monitoring and clean up activity were shared last July 15, 2019 by Ms. Sapugay, COSCA's L-ENVISAGE Coordinator and Mr. Quenamot, Community Coordinator, to the other stakeholders, viz: a) MENRO-Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas, b) Barangay Council of Binubusan, Lian, Batangas, c) Barangay Council of Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas, d) Reef Check Philippines, e) DLSU-SHORE, f) Homeowner’s Association of Matuod, Brgy. Binubusan, Lian, Batangas, g) LFA and, h) SAMLOK.

      The stakeholders agreed on the following  recommendations to help keep Talim bay's health and maintain its biodiversity: a) Launch a scheme where single-use plastics are sold by the households instead of throwing as trash, b) Establishment of Materials Recovery Facility / System, c) Strengthen Solid Waste Management (SWM) awareness of community, d) Replication of successful SWM practices,  e) regular reef monitoring, f) strengthen implementation of Marine Protected Area/Marine sanctuary ordinances and g) srengthen the Municipal water fisheries law, among others.

Community members do their share
Community members do their share
DLSU students segregates film plastics
DLSU students segregates film plastics
Soldiers do their share for the environment
Soldiers do their share for the environment
Film plastics compose  64 % of the waste gathered
Film plastics compose 64 % of the waste gathered
Helping keep our  reefs and seas plastic free..
Helping keep our reefs and seas plastic free..
LGU-Lian MENRO  during presentation of results
LGU-Lian MENRO during presentation of results
COSCA Coordinator during reef check discussion
COSCA Coordinator during reef check discussion
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During  Talim bay  Reef Checking
During Talim bay Reef Checking

      The  concerted  efforts  of  Talim bay’s  stakeholders  facilitated  the  implementation  of  relevant   activities  necessary  to  maintain  the bay's biodiversity and health.  Despite  the challenges  faced by local fishers such as pollution, over extraction of marine resources,  and the destruction and bleaching of coral reef which adversely affected the availability of  marine resources and therefore  reducing the income of local fishers, community based-ecotourism initiative supported  by the  stakeholders has provided alternative income for the fishers.

      In order to  help sustain the initiative, DLSU- COSCA, together  with the various LSDP-ENVISAGE-CBCRM Lian  stakeholders,  supported  the  March 5 and 6, 2019 checking  and monitoring  of Talim bay reef in  the Marine Protected  Areas  (MPA) of KayReyna  and  Binubusan MPA, respectively.  COSCA's Community Coordinator, Mr. Quenamot shared that the regular Talim bay reef checking  held  last March 2019 was participated by members of the  community,  led  by  organizations of  local fishers like the Lian Fisher folk Association, (LFA) Inc.

      The regular  reef monitoring aims to encourage local community action to protect the remaining pristine reefs,  rehabilitate damaged reefs in Lian, Batangas using ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions, investigate through  the local scientists the reef ecosystem processes on the two MPAs, and determine the increase in fisheries production. Specifically,  the  regular  reef check monitoring is undertaken  to enable the  community to come up with a  baseline data  that will help strengthen  their monitoring  of  their marine ecosystem.  The stakeholders  include among others the following:  a) Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office-Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lian, Batangas, b) Barangay Council of Binubusan, Lian, c)  Barangay Council of Lumaniag,  d) Reef Check Philippines, e) DLSU-SHORE, f) Homeowner’s Association of Matuod, Brgy. Binubusan, g)  LFA and,  h) Samahan ng Mandaragat sa Sulok Fisher folk Association.

      Members of the community reef check team attempt to apply lessons they learned from  capacity building activities they attended in their regular Talim bay reef monitoring.  This includes the technique of noting the diverse marine resources and quantifying biodiversity through the roving census methodology enabling local  fishers to identify the fish and invertebrates while segregating   the trash.  The team hopes to learn more techniques and approaches to measure the sensitivity of the reef to climate change, and determine the health or  resiliency of  the Talim bay reef.

Taking a glance at the  corals
Taking a glance at the corals
Stakeholders Support Community Reef Checking
Stakeholders Support Community Reef Checking
Reef Monitoring Preparation
Reef Monitoring Preparation
Team Members Monitor the  reef
Team Members Monitor the reef
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De La Salle University

Location: Manila, NCR - Philippines
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Neil Oliver Penullar
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