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Project results on fisheries and climate change resilience translates into action plan

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Article by Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos

Dr. Miriam Nguyen and her team of researchers from the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC) of CPAf conducted series of participatory action planning with local government units (LGUs) of Rizal, Camarines Sur, and Oriental Mindoro in May and June 2018 to address the issues of the fisheries sector.

The Participatory Community Resilience Action Planning (PCRAP) is one of the activities of the DA-BAR - funded research project titled “Developing Strategies towards More Resilient Fishing Communities Amidst Climate Change: The Case of Major Lakes in Luzon.” The project covers fishing communities along the major lakes in Luzon, such as Laguna Lake, Lakes Buhi and Bato in Camarines Sur, Naujan Lake in Oriental Mindoro, and Taal Lake in Batangas.

Now on its second year of implementation, the project focuses on disseminating and validating the results of the household survey, and translating these results into action plans. Series of PCRAP activities were conducted this second quarter in the different study sites: in Jala-jala (May 22-23) and  Binangonan (May 24-25), Rizal; in Bato (June 5-6) and Buhi (June 7-8), Camarines Sur; and in Naujan (June 19-20) and Victoria (June 21-22), Oriental Mindoro. Representatives of the Barangay LGUs, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Planning and Development Office, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office attended the PCRAP.

The two-day workshop started with the presentation of research results for validation and levelling-off of expectations. The research team presented the results and led the discussions. These were followed by the action planning workshop, with Ms. Evangeline C. Sulabo as resource person and facilitator. Ms. Sulabo is a retired University Researcher of CPAf.

The action plans created by each Barangay LGU and MAO were then presented and commented by representatives of other concerned agencies (e.g., Laguna Lake Development Authority representative who joined the PCRAP in Binangonan, Rizal; Protected Area Superintendent of Naujan Lake National Park who joined PCRAP in Oriental Mindoro). Also present in all PCRAP workshops were representatives of Provincial Agricultural Office and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. At the end of each workshop, Ms. Sulabo recommended for each action plan to be adopted at the barangay level and at the municipal level.

The PCRAP will also be conducted in Batangas and Laguna in July. This activity is the second activity that the project conducted. It also has done a Validation of Results and Awareness Raising of Communities on Climate Change in the same provinces, which was attended by fisherfolks from each barangay project site. Most of them were survey respondents of the research project.

The research team from CISC include Ms. Francisca O. Tan, Ms. Maria Francesca O. Tan, Ms. Flordeliza A. Sanchez, Ms. Roxanne A. Banalo, and Ms. Samantha Geraldine G. De los Santos.

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