Although the Philippines is one of Asia’s emerging economies, a not insignificant part of the population is still excluded from economic developments. The Philippine population, which numbers around 100 million, is spread over more than 7,100 islands, making the Philippines the second largest archipelago country in the world.
The country’s geographical situation brings with it a large number of natural disasters (including typhoons, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis), which cause serious economic damage every year. Fishing, as an important economic sector in the Philippines, especially for the fishing families who are often affected by poverty, is usually the hardest hit by the effects of severe storms.
Another development that threatens the existence of fishermen and the Philippines as a fishing location as a whole is the increasing overfishing and resource degradation (corals, mangroves, etc.). Coupled with the lack of knowledge about the use of modern technologies and food standards, the productivity and thus the livelihood of the fisher families is sustainably endangered.
Our project in the Visayas of the Philippines aims to increase and make sustainable the incomes of fishermen and micro, small and medium enterprises in fisheries and related food value chains.
How do we intend to achieve our goals?
- We qualify Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) in Central Visayas, which in turn provide services in dual training and certification, sustainable fisheries promotion and marketing.
- The BMOs are supported in developing new services for the value chain. For example, they will be empowered to participate in the implementation of dual training approaches in the fisheries and food sector based on the CCCI Assessment, Certification & Accreditation Service (ACAS). The ACAS was established as part of our K to 12 Plus project.
- Providing alternative livelihood skills and value-added skills training in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture technologies and standards is expected to contribute to income diversification. This requires the development, assessment and certification of these skills.
- We want to enable BMOs to ensure cooperation between fishermen and their respective local government units (LGUs)
in implementing marine conservation.