Roxas fishers all geared up for their green grouper microenterprise projects
In 2014, the Philippine Rural Development Project – Global Environment Facility (PRDP-GEF), in partnership with the municipal local government of Roxas, Palawan, started strengthening the community-based management of marine protected areas (MPA) in the municipality.
The Project addresses the pressing threats to coastal and marine biodiversity in Green Island Bay and gives assistance related to enhancing the living condition of the municipal’s community through sustainable livelihood projects.
There were seven associations who undertake the program. Among them are the Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Barangay Tinitian (SMMT), Barangay San Miguel Fisherfolks Association (BSMFA), Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Caramay Multi- Purpose Cooperative (MMCMP), Caramay Fisherfolk Association (CFA) and Malcampo Fisherfolk Association (MFA) who are all proponent groups for the green grouper microenterprise.
The said groups attended various capacity building training on coastal resource management and protection as well as microenterprise operations.
Before the actual operations of their microenterprises, technology demonstrations (techno-demo) were established as prototypes of their actual project to showcase the viability of the techniques and technology taught to the associations.
“Doon [sa techno-demo] nalaman namin kung paano lumaki ng mabilis ang mga isda, katulad ng tamang pagpapakain sa kanila ng isdang layaw na tinatadtad namin. Nakapag-harvest na agad kami matapos ang tatlong buwan (Through the techno-demo, we learned how fish grow quickly in size, such as the proper way of feeding them with “layaw” that we manually mince. With that, we were able to harvest just after three months),” said Lucio Mangga, SMMT Project Manager.
Larry Alcala, SMMT Vice President, also shared that they were able to harvest good sizes of fish that weighs 450 grams to one kilo which they sell at P450 to P480.
Other PGs were also able to harvest four times since November 2018 where enabled them to accumulate more than P30,000 worth of sales.
Now, these groups are gearing up for the actual operation of their microenterprise through communal unity.
According to Alcala, members of each proponent groups contributed to the output from the proposal, procurement process, operations management, and in building their modules or floating cages.
“Nakita rin po namin yung mga grupo na nagkusa para sa aming mga gawaing pang-hanapbuhay, kasi nakikita po nila na ang project na ito ay hindi lang dapat sa ngayon kundi dapat pangmatagalan (We also recognize each group’s initiatives for the success of our microenterprise subprojects because they consider these as something for the long-term), he added.
All PGs will be provided with three floating cages during the first year of their operation where they will house 3,600 fingerlings. ### (Denice Joelle Benosa, DA-PRDP RPCO 4B InfoACE Unit)