Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Brgy Maasin (SMM)

Name of Organization: Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Brgy Maasin (SMM)
Address: Brgy Maasin, Brooke’s Point, Palawan
Head and Contact details: Mohare Tambiling / +63 935 234 2624
Name of Enterprise: -
Type of Registration: DOLE
Year established/registered: 2019
No of families: -
No of members: 9 female and 11 male = 20 members
Livelihood activities of members:

Mangrove crab fattening

Relevant training attended:

Site assessment
Social preparation
Pre-implementation workshop
Area management
Crab feeding monitoring
Initial crab stocking
Initial marketing

Organizational assets/capital:

Various small tools and equipment (nets, weighing scale, etc)

Assistance extended by the Project:

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

Brief description of the livelihood:

Brooke’s Point Marine Protected Area encompasses three barangays, namely: Maasin, Calasaguen and Mambalot. The area covers 11,120.40 has. Its core zone which is estimated to be 163.40 has is facing Brgy Maasin. Along the coastline, a rich mangrove forest with a total of 898 has. spreads across barangays Maasin and Calasaguen. This is a good natural habitat to grow mangrove crabs. IP communities in Maasin claim that these mangrove areas are part of their ancestral domain. The lack of economic opportunities has forced them to explore work in other places. The SMM members are among those who have taken residence in the area, a big portion of which are now privately owned. As an association comprising mainly of IP’s, SMM could present a sustainable business model for them to stay in the area, which is part of their ancestral domain.

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