Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos

by Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.
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Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos
Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos
Solar-Powered Livelihood Center for 1375 Filipinos

Pond culture is the most popular method of growing tilapia in the world. They are grown in fertilized ponds where the fish utilize natural food from ponds. In this culture practice, fish are usually stocked at low rates to reduce competition for food. In times like this, where our food supply is dwindling, introduction of culture Tilapia is timely. Tilapia is not just delicious but also nutritious, and most of all very affordable.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was continually seeking and implementing interventions to facilitate the stable supply of fishery commodities. The Municipality of Palompon did a follow-up initiative to the training on Intensive Tilapia Culture in Ponds they conducted last May 12, 2020. They held a 1-day on-site training seminar on Tilapia Culture and Management which was conducted in Palompon last December 6, 2020 through the Municipal BFAR.

The objective of this training is to empower and capacitate the previous trained participants to learn how to properly and successfully manage a small fish pond or fish cage.

 

Some trained members of Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association attended. The trainer's presentation empowered Buenavista Fisherfolks by gaining good insights in management and during the Focused Group Discussion among participants they gained good practices fitted to their respective situations.

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Having the mutual interest to advance the aquaculture industry of selected key urban areas in Eastern Visayas, a collaboration of BFAR regional office and Local Government Units of Eastern Visayas was strengthened to efficiently practice the use of climate resilient aquaculture technology and bring significant contribution to the industry.

In a bid to capacitate our fisherfolk communities with the skills and knowledge to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office VIII through its Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division (RFTFCD) conducted the Aqua-Based Business School (ABS) with Gender and Climate Change Perspective to the fishing community of Leyte, Leyte.

Continuing the ABS saga, twenty-five (25) fisherfolk who are actively engaged in mussel farming participated in the said training program. A Mussel Farmer from Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association was selected to join the training representing Palompon.

Through the ABS, these mussel farmers will undergo five module trainings in order to develop their mussel culture into a more profitable venture by introducing techniques in product development, marketing, financial management and other technical know-hows that can help them in their aquaculture businesses. Green mussel or tahong, being one of the growing industries in the country, bears great potential for export of both the commodity itself and its value-added products.

The ABS training program also envisions empowering the strong men and women of the fisheries industry to be self-sufficient and be responsible in the utilization of their natural resources. Bearing in mind that the Eastern Visayas region is frequently devastated by strong typhoons and other natural phenomenon that has a great impact in mussel farming such as red tide, the Climate Change aspect of the ABS also hopes to build tough and resilient fisherfolk who will continue to rise amidst the calamities and obstacles that their future business endeavors may encounter.

Paving the way towards a “Masaganang Ani at Kita” for our fisherfolk entrepreneurs, the Bureau will strive to continually implement program and projects catered to provide sustainable livelihood that will bring positive changes into the lives of our fisherfolk heroes.

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As the country faces the threat of COVID-19, several measures are being undertaken to ensure that most of the basic needs of the nation are supplied and every Filipino household is food sufficient while staying at home to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) was continually seeking and implementing interventions to facilitate the stable supply of fishery commodities. One of the immediate responses provided by the Municipal BFAR in Palompon was the implementation of an Intensive Tilapia Culture in Ponds. Barangay Buenavista was identified as one among their beneficiary-barangay due to its location and some members of Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association were previously trained to be capable for intensive Tilapia farming in their very own backyard ponds. These ponds were a great source of income and food supply to these fisherfolks and other consumers in the local municipality.

Tilapia has been known to be one of the most basic and readily available fishery commodities in the municipality.  Not only does it boast a flavorful taste and can be cooked into several delectable dishes, but it is also easy to produce. Intensive Tilapia culture hopes to revive the steady flow of fish supply in the market and provide a solution to the food security dilemma that we are urgently facing. Unlike the normal Tilapia farm production techniques, this technology offers numerous advantages, one of which is the improved growth of the species through the introduction of a life-support system in its environment. This method enhances the efficiency and productivity of the ponds, thus, bringing profitable returns to our fisherfolk farmers.

Other members in the Village also received a financial assistance of five thousand pesos (P5,000 or $100)  from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) while members of the 4Ps program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development continue to receive their monthly education and health assistance. The local government of Palompon is also helpful in providing constant food relief packages to the families in the community.

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While funding for the construction of Solar-Powered Livelihood Center is still being raised, the Global Peace Foundation Philippines and the Local Government of Palompon continue to support in capacitating the community members in Palompon through trainings and seminar.

This quarter, we are happy to share that the Buenavista All-Lights Village is now registered at the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Acquiring the Certificate of Registration from Bureau of Internal Revenue gives the Association in Palompon the legal rights to operate their business. The certificate bears the Tax Identification Number (TIN) and the authority to print and issue official receipts. In compliance with the requirements of different national government agencies existing in the local, the association will be entitled to financial assistance because they can now print their official receipts.

On December 7, 2019, the Bureau of Internal Revenue District Office of Palompon Leyte also approved and issued the Certificate of Registration (COR) of Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association. A half day orientation of taxpayers was held and attended by the President and Treasurer of the Association. For now, the Association is categorized as tax exempted.

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Focus group discussion
Focus group discussion

Last July, the Global Peace Foundation, in partnership with Polytechnic University of the Philippines Alumni of BSIT Batch 2013 and in collaboration with the office of Municipal Agriculturist of Palompon Local Government Buenavista, visited homes of Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association officers to monitor their situation. Members of PUP Alumni distributed groceries and had a focus group discussion with the officers and their families where they listened to their experiences when Typhoon Yolanda hit their community and how they recovered from the disaster.

In the 3rd quarter, Buenavista All-Lights Village Fisherfolks Association is focusing on processing their registration to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. They are also in the process of accreditation at the Municipal Legislative Council (Sangguniang Bayan ) of the Municipality of Palompon. Every last Thursday of the month, members and officers of the association meet to discuss their progress, with the assistance of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Technician, Ms. Maria Martina Suganob.    

With member of PUP Alumni BSIT Batch 2013
With member of PUP Alumni BSIT Batch 2013
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