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Integrated Grouper Project (Dec 26, 2007)

Integrated Grouper Project (Dec 26, 2007)



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Published by Roy Verallo III
Integrated Grouper Project of Iligan Bay, Misamis Occidental
Integrated Grouper Project of Iligan Bay, Misamis Occidental

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Published by: Roy Verallo III on Jan 14, 2008
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 arine fish culture such as grouper is a new undertaking in the Province of MisamisOccidental. This program is given high priority by the Provincial Government toprovide a sustainable livelihood for the coastal dwellers. Initially, Gata Daku MPCplanned to undertake the grouper project with assistance coming from CATP-ACIAR andSEAFDEC.Grouper (
 Epinephelus spp.
) locally known as
lapu lapu
is a high valued fish with enormouseconomic potential. They are valued for their excellent texture and flavor especially inChinese cuisines. The demand for grouper in the international market is growing rapidlyparticularly in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. These are sold as live fish with a wholesaleprice of at least P400/kilogram. From about 40 species of groupers widely distributed intropical waters, two species (
 E. coioides and E. malabricus
) are popularly cultured in eitherponds or cages. Groupers will also thrive in brackish waters – an environ commonly seen inthe coastal waters of Misamis Occidental.Generally, the project aims to complement the environment activities and gains from theimplementation of Iligan Bay Coastal Resource Management and Development Programwhich received funds from Philippines – Australia Community AssistanceProgram (PACAP) under the Focal Community Assistance Scheme(FOCAS). After the successful participation of fisherfolk associations andvarious Peoples Organizations in environment conservation projects, theimplementers saw the maturity of the community to undertake non-destructive livelihood activities. The stakeholders see the light of theincoming partnership between the South East Asia Fisheries DevelopmentCenter (SEAFDEC) and the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental on grouperhatchery. Banking on this partnership, the stakeholders decided to undertake this project.
III. Objectives:
To provide sustainable alternative livelihood of fisherfolks in Iligan Bay FOCASArea2.
To reduce pressure on fishery and other marine resources.3.
To increase income of fisherfolks in the Iligan Bay FOCAS Area4.
To develop networks and linkages with other institutions focusing on grouperproduction and marketing
At least 6 fisherfolk associations will be able to raise grouper for domestic andinternational marketsb.
Additional annual income of a minimum P 1,000/month/household for at least 300households starting on the second year.c.
Established networks and linkages both for domestic and international marketsd.
Private sector involved in marketing of grouper as product integrator.
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V. Organizational Aspect
There will be five (5) CSO proponents who will implement the Integrated Grouper CultureProject namely: Xavier Agriculture Extension Service (XAES), Misamis OccidentalEmployees Cooperative (MOEMCO), Lorenzo Tan MPC (LTMPC), Paglaum MPC and GataDaku MPC. Except for LTMPC and MOEMCO all have good tract record with PACAP.Target beneficiaries shall be the marginalized fisherfolks of Panaon, Jimenez, Sinacaban andTudela.Of the five would-be proponents, XAES is the only organization that is not a Cooperative. Itis an NGO. Under PACAP guideline, technically XAES is required to turn over the project toPeoples Organizations (POs). After three years of operation and upon evaluation that theparticipating POs are mature (based on criteria that will be determined by the Corporation)XAES shall divest majority of its stocks from the corporation to the said participating POs.The PACAP Grant Fund will be downloaded directly to the organizations mentioned above.After which, the CSOs will form themselves into a Corporation and will infuse a capital of P150,000 per organization. This scheme increases the ownership, or buy in, of the project.The infused capital and PACAP Grant Fund will form part of the investment of each CSO tothe Corporation. With the Grant Fund and infused capital, the initial capital investment wouldbe about P10Million.Each organization/investor will assign their representative to sit as Board of Director of theCorporation. At least during the project life or until three years, a PACAP representativeshall sit as an ex-officio member of the Board. From among the Board, they will elect asmaller-member Executive Committee. The ExeCom then will be tasked to oversee theoperation of the Corporation. Among themselves a Treasurer will be elected who will alsotemporarily act as the Cashier or Disbursing Officer for the meantime that the Corporation isnot earning yet from the grouper operation. In time, a fulltime Cashier will be hired. Theywill hire the personnel and draft policies and guidelines of the Corporation for a start. Figure1 below shows this structure.
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 Figure 1. Organization and Management StructureThe Executive Committee will hire 4 core personnel for the project. These are the IntegratedGrouper Project Manager, Nursery Supervisor, Production Supervisor and Bookkeeper.1.
The IGP Manager will be in charged of the overall operation of the project on a day today basis. Details of the functions will be outlined later when the ExeCom has draftedthe policies. The IGP Manager reports directly and thus takes directions from theExeCom. The IGP Manager will also prepare and submit reports required by PACAP,be it regular report or as requested, such as the Milestone and Financial Reports. TheIGP Manager will act as the Marketing Officer in the meantime that the corporation isnot earning from the operation yet. He/She takes care of the marketing of live fish andmarketing facilities of the Corporation. When the Cash Flow proves that the operationis already positive, a fulltime Marketing Officer will be hired.2.
The Nursery Supervisor will be charged on the whole nursery. He/She will manageworkers and laborers of the nurseries. He/She reports directly to the IGP Manager.3.
The Production Supervisor will be charged of the operation of the grow out facilities,both corporation-ran and facilities extended to Peoples Organizations (POs). He/Shewill directly reports to the IGP Manager4.
The Bookkeeper, the finance analyst, assumes the financial accounting systems,following the PACAP guidelines and generally accepted accounting principles,records all financial transactions, prepares on time financial report and performs otherfunctions as required by the project.

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