Training course on Practical Approach to Community-based Fisheries Management in Coastal Areas of Philippines

Date: 15-19 July 2013
Venue: Quezon Province, Philippines

1. To introduce the knowledge and experience on practical approach to community-based fisheries management to fisheries/field officers of Philippines,
2. To strengthen practical competence in planning and implementing the applicable coastal fishery management plans,
3. To enhance the HRD of fisheries officers to organized the community-based management with knowledge of community-based and rights-based fisheries management training course for local fishermen group.


SEAFDEC continue promote the community-based fisheries management in SEAFDEC's Member Countries. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippines also requested SEAFDEC to conduct an on-site training course on Practical Approach to Community-based Fisheries Management in Coastal Areas of Philippines particularly the coastal towns of Quezon Province bordering Tayabas Bay.
The training was attended by the representative from 1) Provincial Fisheries Officer of Quezon Province, 2) BFAR RFO IV - A Planning/Production/FRMD Officers, 3) BFAR Central Office Staff Coordinator/FRMD/Legal. The training was started by introduction of the status of community-based fisheries management of Region IV-A which was introduced by RD Esmeralda Manalang. After that, SEAFDEC staff gave an presentations on: 1. The importance of resource management for sustainable fisheries, 2. Appropriate Monitoring Control and Surveillance need for resource management in conjunction with community-based fisheries management, 3. Community-based fisheries management: Importance of autonomous fisheries management by community, 4. How to introduce and facilitate community-based fisheries management to fisheries community, 5. Rights-based fisheries management and support system (Extension work) by government, 6. Importance of fisheries data collection Information for sustainable fisheries management and concept and effective methodology on data collection, 7. Improving management of financial and economic activities including promotion of alternative livelihood in fishing communities, 8. Ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

After lecturing, The workshop on how to organize community-based management was conducted by divided into 3 session; session 1: Problems on the resource management through the application of the MCS of the Fisher Folk Association, session 2: Financial problems of the Association, session 3: Problems on the operation/implementation/functioning of Association and other matters that need to be strengthen.

In course evaluation, the resources person acknowledged the participants for their knowledge/skill as well as actively participation. The participants were very appreciated and thank to SEAFDEC for organizing this training course. Moreover, the participants also suggesstion that it should be include the topic on the status of coastal resource condition in Philippines as well as the training course on fiinancial management should be organized for the officers.