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Rotary livelihood projects for fishermen of Taguig and Laguna Lake, Philippines

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Fish for life project

  1. 1. “FISH FOR LIFE” A livelihood Project for the Fish Folks of Taguig City A Joint Project of : The Rotary Club of Taguig Fort Bonifacio and The Rotary Club of Koln – Ville (Cologne, Germany) March 2014
  2. 2. PROJECT LOCATION C6 Taguig City
  3. 3. A VIEW OF THE C6 ROAD C6 ROAD UTILIZING THE SHORELINE OF LAGUNA LAKE
  4. 4. OCULAR OF PROJECT LOCATION
  5. 5. Barangay fishermen of C6 Taguig – main source of livelihood is fishing at the Laguna Lake PROJECT BENEFICIARIES
  6. 6. Distibution of Fish Nets to fishermen along C6 Taguig City, the fish nets will put them back to fishing immediately. THE PROJECT First Phase
  7. 7. 1. Creation of livelihood for the spouses and family members of fishermen along the C6- Laguna Lake shoreline through the KNIFE FISH PROCESSING PROGRAM. 2. Donation of stuffing machines to barangays THE PROJECT Second Phase
  8. 8. FIRST PHASE DISTRIBUTION OF FISH NETS PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
  9. 9. Taguig City Vice Mayor Ading Cruz together with Brgy. Lower Bicutan officials received fishnets from RCTFB for distribution to fishermen December 14, 2013 FIRST PHASE Distribution of Fish Nets DISTRIBUTION OF FISH NETS
  10. 10. RC Kolne-Ville President Stephan Zilkens and AG Charry Misa joined RCTFB during the distribution of fish nets in Barangay Bagumbayan February 5, 2014 DISTRIBUTION OF FISH NETS
  11. 11. SECOND PHASE KNIFE FISH PROCESSING PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
  12. 12. Background on knife fish Knife fish first arrived in the country through the importation of aquarium or ornamental fish. It is called such because of it’s shape that resembles a knife. Because of floods, it made its way into Laguna de Bay. It’s population has boomed and is harming the aquaculture industry in Laguna Lake. Fish pen operators are suffering from losses because the knife fish lay eggs on stakes and poles in the fish pens. They are highly aggressive and highly carnivorous, They eat bangus, tilapia and shrimps.
  13. 13. According to a survey made by BFAR last year, it showed that knife fish comprised 40.35 percent of the total catch while harvest of aquaculture fish is much less: Tilapia, 24.15 percent; carp, 15.92 percent; and milkfish, 0.58 percent. Knife fish has to eat 7 kilograms of different types of fish to grow to a kilogram. The fish it eats costs an average of P150 a kg while the knife fish is so cheap at Php 18 to 20 a kg. So the fishermen are really at a losing end. (Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/359781/knife-fish-newest-scourge-in-lagunas-fish-farms) To date, Knife fish are still a threat in the livelihood of the fisher folk communities of Taguig. In an interview with some fishermen, they said that they would just normally throw the Knife fish catch because it has no value to them. Background on knife fish
  14. 14. Background on knife fish The good news is, it’s EDIBLE! Knife Fish don’t have to be thrown away, it can be processed into fish products like fish balls, fish patties, fish dumplings, fish nuggets, fish longanisa, fish hotdog and some other fish meals that one can think of which can be sold in the market.
  15. 15. Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. Lower Bicutan Meeting with Barangay officials headed by Chairman Ricardo Cruz February 5 , 2014
  16. 16. Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. Lower Bicutan Participants of the Knife Fish Processing seminar from Barangay Lower Bicutan, Taguig City conducted by BFAR Official through Gabayan Sa Kabuhayan February 8, 2014
  17. 17. Donation of Stuffing Machine Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. Lower BicutanFebruary 8, 2014
  18. 18. The project was also featured in the show Ating Alamin by Jerry Geronimo on PTV4 Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. Lower BicutanFebruary 8, 2014
  19. 19. Donation of Stuffing Machine received by Bagumbayan Administrator Dante Aquino Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. BagumbayanFebruary 15, 2014
  20. 20. Participants of the Knife Fish Processing seminar Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. BagumbayanFebruary 15, 2014
  21. 21. Knife Fish Processing With Brgy. San Miguel Meeting with Barangay Officials headed by Chairman Vicente Espital February 28 , 2014
  22. 22. Knife Fish Processing With Barangay San Miguel Knife Fish Processing seminar participants Donation of Stuffing Machine March 12, 2014
  23. 23. Knife Fish Processing With Barangay Wawa Knife Fish Processing seminar participants Donation of Stuffing Machine March 12, 2014
  24. 24. Barangay Lower Bicutan Barangay Bagumbayan Barangay San Miguel Barangay Wawa …and counting “FISH FOR LIFE” BENEFICIARIES
  25. 25. This project has not only helped address the issue of the increasing population of Knife fish in the lake but also provided sustainable livelihood for the fish folks of barangays along C6 Taguig. COMMUNITY IMPACT

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