Parallel with the MEAT, another tool was also being implemented in 2 Rare Pride Campaign sites of Amlan for the same purpose, to gauge the effectiveness of MPA management. One whole day was allotted for each site to be able to complete the rating, using these two M & E tools. This other tool was modified to incorporate the Theory of Change purposely for Rare Pride Campaign.
In introducing the tool, I first explained the Theory of Change and where each element falls in the criteria of each management level. This is very critical for the participants to understand the relevance of each criter ...
After the KAP survey, another data gathering was conducted as part of the whole PCRA process in the PEP2 Methodology. Resource mapping (major habitats and associated flora and fauna, uses and issues), fishery demographics, diagramming (fish catch and gears), MPA history and socio-economic information gathering related to fisheries, among others, were all conducted in one day for each site: March 17, 2011 (Bio-os) and March 25, 2011 (Tandayag). The participants include fishermen (both members and non-members of Bantay Dagat and Fishermen's Association), wives of fishermen (who go fishing out to ...
A 3-day training entitled "Participatory Biophysical Monitoring and Evaluation of MPAs" was held on March 22-24, 2011 in Amlan. Participants include both the monitoring team of Tandayag (10 fishers) and Bio-os (10 fishers), the Barangay Captain of Tandayag (a SCUBA diver) and his 3 Barangay Officials (who used to fish), the Amlan MENRO and his staff (both are certified SCUBA divers) and the CRM Coordinator of MENRO (who is a former fisher and Barangay Captain of Tandayag), and a member of the Barangay Council of Bio-os. The monitoring team for each MPA has a certified SCUBA diver member, train ...
The municipality of Amlan is bent on protecting its marine sanctuaries with the launching of the "Rare Pride Campaign Program" recently, after the success of its smoke-free initiatives being the first local government unit in Negros Oriental to implement the program.
The Rare Pride Campaign will be participated in by school children, fishermen and their families, church leaders, youth groups, volunteers, people's organizations, non-government organizations, barangays and LGU officials.
It is also inviting mayors of coastal cities and towns in the province to participate in the program ai ...
The improvement of the guardhouse in Tandayag was at first not the top priority for Tandayag Barrier Removal for a main reason. The houses of the Bantay Dagat members, directly involved in guarding could serve as proxy since they are located in proximity to or very near the MPA. With this premise, I thought that the guardhouse may not be used very often.
In my several visits to Tandayag recently, although the guardhouse was not yet 100% finished, I already noticed two to three persons hanging out every time, in all my visits so far. The fishers, in addition to the assigned Bantay Dagat, ar ...
Tandayag, Amlan, Negros Oriental Philippines. Better lighting!