A series of gender mainstreaming and conflict resolution trainings were held among fisherfolk communities in Verde Island Passage Marine Key Biodiversity Area (VIP-MKBA) as part of the collaboration between Batangas State University and Pusod Inc. This initiative is part of the “Support for the Development of Social Enterprises for Fishing Communities in Verde Island Passage (VIP) MKBA” funded by the USAID under the ECOFISH Project.
The first part of the training series was conducted on May 18 at Lian Municipal Hall, attended by LGU and people’s organization representatives from Nasugbu, Calatagan, Lian, and Balayan. The second part was held June 2 at Batangas State University Main Campus 1. It was participated by representatives from Taal, Lemery, Mabini, San Juan, Lobo, Batangas City, and Tingloy.
Resource persons were GAD Asst. Director Maria Theresa A. Hernandez and Ms. Dianne B. Solis who presented topics on gender and development, and gender mainstreaming. Mr. Alvin R. De Silva, Asst Director for Institutional and Industry Services, discussed conflict resolution. The trainings were facilitated by Pusod Inc. Executive Director Ann Hazel P. Javier and Social Enterprise Coordinators Jovell I. Castillo and Darvie R. Francisco.