IFAD holds (SIS) Mission for FishCORAL Project in Caraga
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recently held its Supervision Implementation Support (SIS) Mission for the Fisheries, Coastal Resource and Livelihood (FishCORAL) Project in Caraga Region last June 11-13, 2019.
The IFAD SIS Mission Team in Caraga was spearheaded by Co-Team Leader Rolando Arban, together with representatives from the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Agriculture, and the Project Support and Coordination Office of FishCORAL.
The 3-day activity commenced with a kick-off meeting with IFAD (SIS) Mission team, together with the Technical Working Group and the Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) of FishCORAL Caraga.
During the meeting, the updates and accomplishments of the project for the three components such as coastal resource management, livelihood development, and project management and coordination were discussed.
On the same day, the project's baywide management council chairpersons for Lianga-Hinatuan-Bislig Bay and Butuan Bay namely Mayor Clarita Limbaro and Mayor Fidel E. Garcia, Jr fronted a dialogue with the Regional Coordination and Support Committee of FishCORAL.
The mission also convened the private sectors, traders and processors, along with the Financing Institutions such as LandBank and Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) to link the people’s organization (PO) beneficiaries to have access in market for the sustainability of the livelihood subprojects.
On June 12, 2019, the team conducted a field visit in the Municipality of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. Based on the report presented by Vanessa Cemanes, community facilitator, the municipality is now implementing four livelihood projects in Barangays; Bitaugan East, Unidad, Tawagan and La Purisma. These include lobster culture in cages and mangrove crab fattening project.
On June 13, 2018, the team also visited and met with the people's organizations (PO) in the City of Cabadbaran. According to the report by city agriculturist Maria Arceli C. Soria, five POs are already into savings mobilization, as part of the strategies of the FishCORAL Project to strengthen and revitalize fisherfolk communities. These organizations include Tolosa Fisherfolk Association, Canibet Fisherfolk Coastal Organization, La Union Fisherfolk Womens Organization, Calibunan Fisherfolk Association and Gentle Island Fisherfolk Association.
Likewise, La Union Mangrove Fisherfolk Association, a youth-led organization and a recipient of FishCORAL project, also showcased their mangrove crab fattening project and presented the milestone of their association.
During the field visit, Co-Team Leader Rolando Arban highlighted the importance of marketability of the livelihood projects of the POs.
An exit conference meeting was held to conclude the SIS mission. They discussed the progress of the recommendations made during the IFAD midterm review mission.
The SIS mission is an annual activity of IFAD to guide the recipients on project management, to discuss both technical and fiduciary concerns to improve project effectiveness, and to increase disbursement rates.