UPV and Rare, Inc. (Phils) formally entered into a contract to build resilient and sustainable coastal communities and coastal ecosystems for the fisheries sector.
UPV Chancellor Clement C. Camposano and Rare, Inc. (Phils) Country-in-Charge and Vice President Roquelito H. Mancao sealed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
On March 21, 2022, the signing took place at the Conference Room, Umali Hall, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV, Miagao, Iloilo.
Rare, Inc., an international non-government organization that focuses on behavior change for communities to reduce threats to natural resources and implement coastal resources and fisheries management programs to help small-scale fishers in the Philippines. Rare, Inc. has a principal office in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Its Philippine Office is situated at Brgy. Cogon, Capitol Site, Cebu City.
The MOU stipulates that both parties will explore collaborative fisheries and coastal resource management programs and projects to enable and empower local coastal communities to adapt to climate change and respond to threats to their communities and ecosystems.
Working jointly with Rare, UPV has committed to initiating activities to identify gaps, fundraising, and project opportunities under the climate change for fisheries, coastal resource management, and coastal community involvements, among others.
Serving as witnesses to the agreement were Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap, dean of UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (UPV-CFOS); Asst. Prof. Jessica Dator- Bercilla, faculty member and project development assistant-DRRM and Climate Change, Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), UPV-CFOS; and Dir. Fel Cesar T. Cadiz and Ms. Angeli Joyce P. Barafon of Rare, Inc. (Philippines).
Present during the MOU signing was UPV vice chancellor for research and extension Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro and IFPDS director Assoc. Prof. Caridad N. Jimenez. (With sources from CFOS-IFPDS)