By Leandria Pagunsan
The Fishery Rights (FR) program Science Operations Coordinator and Ecosystem/Resilience Specialist challenged women groups from the Dauin fishery sector to engage in resilient livelihood activities.
Dr. Hilconida Calumpong, FR program coordinator, during a Kapihan sa PIA on Fishery Rights, held in Dauin, Negros Oriental, said “resiliency speaks for skills development that women should learn and develop.
For example, during the season of surplus fish catch, women can make homemade sardines and do vegetable gardening as interventions during calamities and bad weather caused by climate change,” said Calumpong.
She said the Fish right program is a consortium of government agencies and stakeholders playing important role in implementing the program like the local government units (LGUs), Municipal Agriculture Offices, Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Coast Guard, other government line agencies, church/religious sector and the media as partners, while Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) takes the lead in implementing the program.
Josie Columna, focal person for Gender and Development in Negros Oriental, informed the Dauin women that the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO), Negros Oriental Organic Agricultural Management Council (NOOAMC) Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), Provincial Integrated Skills Technology Center (PISTC) and Voice of the Free (VF) are extending various skills training and livelihood programs from their GAD funds.
As a member of the World Oceans Assessment Group, Dr. Calumpong shared their prediction that the world fish supply in 2050 would have been severely depleted that the major source of fish then would be from aquaculture.
By then, fewer people can afford to buy fish especially the poor hence, the program aims to develop Southern Negros seas and boost support for fishing communities, said Calumpong.
On this, representatives from the Gender and Development (GAD) through the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) present during the forum encouraged women members in Dauin to avail of their livelihood programs, and skills training through their local counterparts to up their chances in the climate changed world.
In a related development, Dauin Municipal Mayor Neil Credo thanked the women members of the fishery sector in Dauin for their presence during the Kapihan forum and reminded them that passing of the ordinance on conservation and preservation of their marine resources is an endeavor between the LGU and the community hence, their continued support and participation to sustain the program is solicited.