Marikit Seaweed Grower Association (MSGA)

Name of Organization: Marikit Seaweed Grower Association (MSGA)
Address: Brgy Marikit, Aborlan, South Palawan
Head and Contact details: Dionald C. Oro; +63 0935 036 6296
Name of Enterprise: -
Type of Registration: DOLE
Year established/registered: 2019
No of families: -
No of members: 12 female; 12 male = 24 members
Livelihood activities of members:

Seaweed farming and trading

Relevant training attended:

Leadership and governance
Basic record keeping and bookkeeping
Financial literacy program

Organizational assets/capital:

Assistance extended by the Project:

Business planning updating
Business planning validation
BDFE continuity planning
Orientation and sensitization on BDFE
BDFE plan validation
Engagement of key stakeholders
Trial marketing
Application for business permit
Application for PO bank account
Low value grant application

Brief description of the livelihood:

MSGA is strategically positioned guardians of the Malunao Sanctuary which is part of the Seven Line Reef MPA of Aborlan. The members have seaweed farms in the multiple use zone close to the Malunao Sanctuary so MSGA is able to protect the MPA while tending the seaweed farms.

The association members do not use chemical fertilizer on their seaweed. They have on their own experimented with ways they can address the limitations of location to enable them to farm seaweed the whole year round by moving their monoline to areas where conditions are suitable. The area being cultivated by the association is considered a research site of the Western Philippines University [WPU]. The university is partnering with MSGA to strengthen research on seaweed culture in Aborlan. The establishment of BDFE will complement the existing partnership and position MSGA BDFE as a potential business model for empowering small scale fisherfolk associations to influence seaweed value chain development in Southern Palawan.

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