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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


The Philippines / Social Development

A Roadmap for Recovery

The reforms needed by small-scale fishers in the Philippines pivot around the role of the municipal administration in handling fisheries development and the welfare of fisherfolk

This article is by Dinna L. Umengan (, Executive Director and Mario Maderazo (, Policy and Legal Consultant, Tambuyog Development Center, Philippines

Fishing in the Philippines is crucially dependent on small-scale fisheries as a sector that is anchored in local communities that have historic links to adjacent fishery resources, traditions and values. Fishing includes activities that range from capture fishing and processing to vending and mending nets, among others. The actors are fishers in municipal and inland capture fishing, fishworkers in both aquaculture production and as crew in commercial fishing vessels, and also women in fish processing.

Social-development policies in support of fishers have strong legal foundations, with defined institutional support at the national and local levels. However, much improvement is needed for their implementation and translation to concrete economic gains and social protection. Despite laws on social protection and poverty alleviation...

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