Conservation at the village level
July 8, 2018
Many fishers in Ayoke island in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur are joining conservation enterprises and learning the role of markets in helping them adopt sustainable practices. This feature story shows how self-help organizations are contributing to financial resilience in remote fishing communities.
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Profiles: Rocky Sanchez Tirona
June 14, 2018
CNN Philippines marked World Oceans Day in June with a special feature about the Vice President of Rare Philippines, including our work on sustainable fisheries in municipal waters.
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Fish Forever: A campaign to enhance behaviors that sustain marine resources
June 11, 2018
This banner story in the regional newspaper SunStar Davao offers a glimpse into Rare’s signature fisheries program in two partner municipalities in Tañon Strait, where selected media got the opportunity to take part in a dive safari and interact with coastal communities.
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Sea change for small-scale fishers
May 31, 2018
May 31 is celebrated in the Philippines as National Fisherfolks’ Day, a small token of recognition compared to their huge contribution in providing food security and economic wealth, policy specialist for Rare Philippines Dennis Calvan writes in this opinion piece for Rappler. The role of fishers as resource managers has long been overlooked, and local governments are learning that giving fishers preferential rights through an ordinance is a big incentive in protecting municipal fisheries.
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Celebrating Women's Month with the fearless females in fisheries
March 9, 2018
Marilou, Analou. Marju, Susan, Gina. Dita, Lina. Evelyn, Mary Jean. These are just a few of the women changing our fishing seascapes forever. Their stories of meaningful participation in developing the fisheries sector affirm the need for gender equality, as Rare Philippines’ May V. Blanco writes in this Women’s Month feature for Rappler.
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Filipino fishers bank on each other
March 5, 2018
More than 100 savings clubs have emerged as self-help mechanisms for vulnerable coastal communities in the Philippines, where access to financial literacy tools is often limited. The extra income has given fishers a bigger return in the future, such as a robust house, a good education for their children, or a profitable small business of their own.
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Rising from Yolanda, island town of Pilar aims for climate resilience
December 17, 2017
When Mayor Eufracio Maratas established the Pilar municipal marine park in 2005, when he was still a councilor, little did he know that the conservation effort would help fishers survive the devastation from typhoon Haiyan many years later. Together with Rare fellow Susan Cataylo, he is now striving to protect the natural ecosystems of Pilar – from the forests in the uplands to the coral reefs in the sea – as a way of shielding the vulnerable coastal community from the impact of climate change.
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Cortes town in Surigao del Sur has country’s cleanest coastline
December 12, 2017
When he first took office in 2013, Mayor William Angos battled the prevalence of illegal fishing despite high environmental awareness among residents. Realizing that conservation was a social problem, he worked with Rare fellow Vincent Dueñas in addressing the basic needs of fishers, while persuading them to protect the sources of their livelihood.
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Beyond sardines: The quest for sustainable fisheries
November 21, 2017
The mystery of the oceans is lost to many Filipinos, who do not realize that the open access system – with everyone given free rein to fish wherever and whenever they want – leads to competition and unregulated harvest among fishers. In this essay for World Fisheries Day, senior director for technical operations Roquelito Mancao shares his insights — one of them the biggest challenge in Philippine fisheries, which is the widely held belief that marine resources are infinite. Read more >
Celebrating the harvest from the sea in Cortes
October 9, 2017
The small town of Cortes celebrated the bountiful harvest from the sea and its coconut farms during its Foundation Day last October 1. This year is probably its proudest fiesta, after the Rare-assisted town won P20-million worth of livelihood projects from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for having the cleanest and most well-managed coastal resources in the country. Read more >
The art and science of ‘hugot’
October 1, 2017
What does it take for change to stick? When addressing issues like food security, education, or environmental threats, complex frameworks and metrics are only part of the equation for long-term success. As Vice President of Rare’s Philippines program Rocky Sanchez Tirona notes, understanding human behavior and what motivates change is a central and essential piece of the puzzle. In her piece for Rappler, Tirona highlights the power of leveraging human insights, or hugot, to bring positive change for fisheries in the Philippines. Read more >
Protecting the Fishing Bounty Along Libertad's 'Tuna Highway'
August 26, 2017
In 2014, Rare partnered with the Filipino fishing community of Libertad to curb the depletion of fish stocks and protect the livelihoods of small-scale fishers. With the looming threat of commercial fishing and neglected marine sanctuaries, fishers and local leaders alike set out to design a 'managed-access' approach and restore their critical coastal resource.
Read more as Filipino news outlet Rappler shares Rare’s chronicle of their initial journey, the progress they've made and what's in store for the future.
Group Lauds PDP 2017-2022 Push for Marine Sanctuaries
March 30, 2017
In its latest 5-year development plan, the Philippine government focuses its policies on giving local fishers the rights to manage their coastal fishing grounds and marine sanctuaries. The plan highlights that the most effective strategy to implement that fisheries management approach is through motivating behavior change at the community and individual level, marking notable progress in establishing long-term solutions for sustainable management of the country's coastal fisheries. Read More >
DENR urges LGUs to protect Tañon Strait
August 30, 2016
Local chief executives of the 17 coastal cities and municipalities from three provinces—Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental—signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Rare Philippines in Cebu City to boost the management of local MPAs within the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape. Rare also launched Fish Forever Flex, an alternative strategy to effective sustainable fisheries management. Read full story >
Pushing Sustainable Fishing, One Plate at a Time
March 16, 2016
Recognizing the power of product buyers and diners, non-profit organization Rare Philippines and Swiss-led seafood trading company Meliomar Inc. have joined forces to promote sustainably fished marine products from a community of small-scale fishers in Antique province among top-rated hotels and restaurants in Metro Manila. Read full story >
Rare’s Impact and Role within Bloomberg’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative
March 10, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies interviews Brett Jenks to learn about Rare’s impact in the Philippines, as part of their innovative Vibrant Oceans Initiative to simultaneously reform both local and industrial fishing. Read full story >