|This is me doing IEC on Cosatal Ecosystems and Solid Waste Management|
donned in the Bag Monster costume I made from some
of the trash I pick up on my walks. Yes the kids loved it.
|this is one of six groups of 5th and sixth grade students|
|Benji with his son, BonBon when he|
graduated from 6th grade to secondary school he's now
attending at Visayan University in Baybay.
|Benji with his daughter, Jamela|
|mom Lani at graduation|
Other things started picking up as well. One day, March 6th, I decided to start going to the barangay council meetings on my own and indeed it was good timing. I ended up being able to act as a liaison between the Ezperanza Barangay Council and the Local Government Unit (LGU) Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) and Municipal Environmental and Natural Resources Office (MENRO). The council told me they were happy I showed up that day because they would be discussing their Marine Protected Area (MPA)/fish sanctuary.
They expressed a desire to manage, specifically monitor their 30 hectare MPA/ fish sanctuary. They said they couldn't monitor because they couldn't tell where it was because they had no boundary markers. The markers had been lost due to storms.
I returned with Al Galo, MENRO, on April 19th. He advised the council on how to proceed with writing a resolution stating their reasons and intentions for officially transferring MPA management from the inactive People’s Organization (PO) to the Barangay Council.
They did this and asked for support from the LGU in the form of rope. They had 74, 30 ft bamboo poles and weight sinkers they made by filling rice sacks with cement and rubber tire rings for attaching rope. But they didn't have enough rope.
|Heading out to Esperanza with Benji and the banka crew|
|a couple of boys were enjoying a swim|
|some fishermen were mending nets|
|the poles and weights were loaded onto the banka|
|concrete anchor weights|