In celebration of the Month of the Ocean 2023 themed “Sustainably Feed the Global Population”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, through the Conservation and Development Division - Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section, held a bazaar showcasing the products of the People’s Organizations (PO) who are beneficiaries of the Biodiversity-friendly Enterprise (BDFE) Project of the department, from May 18-19, 2023 at the DENR Regional Office in Calamba, Laguna.
The local products showcased were seaweed crackers by Samahan ng mga Kababaihang Mangingisda ng Sitio Manuel Uy, bagoong and patis by ANAK Balayan Incorporated, bagoong alamang and patis alamang by Buhay at Kabuhayan sa Nayon (BuKaNa), and up-cycled bags and weaved wallets by Samahan ng mga Mangingisda ng Barangay San Teodoro.
Located in Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas, Samahan ng Kababaihang Mangingisda ng Sitio Manuel Uy is one of the POs assisted by the DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Calaca, Batangas. Composed of 23 female members, the said PO produces seaweed crackers and chips that are primarily marketed in nearby schools.
Like Samahan ng Kababaihang Mangingisda ng Sitio Manuel Uy, ANAK Balayan was also assisted by the DENR-CENRO Calaca in its bagoong and patis production through the BDFE Project. The PO is composed of 818 locals who have the same aim of protecting, conserving, and sustainably managing the coastal resources in their area. Started in 2018, its bagoong and patis enterprise continues to grow and the products, which come in different flavors, are being distributed not only within the local public market but also in the nearby community and in some parts of Metro Manila.
BuKaNa, on the other hand, is one of the POs assisted by the DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Cavite for its bagoong alamang and patis alamang production. Established in 2019, the PO is composed of 20 coastal locals from Ternate, Cavite. The PO and its products became a hit and was in fact featured on the national television in 2022.
Samahan ng mga Mangingisda ng San Teodoro, also called the “good weavers”, is a PO beneficiary of the BDFE under the SMARTSeas PH Project, a five-year partnership project of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau and the United Nations Development Programme that aims to provide sustainable alternative livelihood to coastal communities, among others. Its products include up-cycled bags and weaved wallets.
BDFE are economic activities and practices of micro, small, and medium enterprises that promote the sustainable use of biological resources, create wealth and value, and open opportunities for the equitable sharing of benefits among stakeholders. BDFE project is under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program of the DENR.###