U.S. Peace Corps Renews MOU with Rare, Trains LGUs on Community-Based Coastal Resource Management
Bohol, March 22 — On March 18, the U.S. Peace Corps and international NGO Rare signed a new five-year MoU to jointly support sustainable coastal resource and fisheries management in the presence of representatives from 29 different Local Government Units (LGUs) from across the Philippines. The event was timed to coincide with a week-long, U.S. Peace Corps-led training on community-based coastal resource management for office heads, fisheries and agricultural officers, and environment officers from LGUs that have a coastal resource management program.
“The U.S. Peace Corps is pleased to be renewing its partnership with Rare to build resilient and sustainable coastal communities in the Philippines. Together, we can restore and protect marine habitats and promote sustainable fisheries management,” said U.S. Peace Corps Country Director Jenner Edelman.
“Our continued collaboration with the U.S. Peace Corps will amplify how sustainable fishing behaviors actually improve fish stock productivity, and enable us to continue co-designing and sharing innovative, practical solutions with LGU partners to protect the country’s marine environment,” added Rare Philippines Senior Director Lito Mancao.
While organized by the U.S. Peace Corps, last week’s community-based coastal resource management training for LGU partners was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is the first of a series of USAID-supported capacity development workshops planned for partners this year, with the aim of protecting biodiversity in the Philippines. The U.S. Peace Corps is conducting a second training on Zero Waste Programming for Youth Councils (Sangguniang Kabataan) and their LGU counterparts this week, from March 21-25 in Bohol.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Peace Corps staff, rather than American volunteers, are providing technical assistance to LGU and other partners alongside MoU partner Rare.
The U.S. Peace Corps is the U.S. government’s premier volunteer organization and has supported Filipino communities across the country for more than 60 years. Over 9,300 American volunteers have served as co-teachers, youth development facilitators, or in other roles requested by host communities over the decades. To date, approximately 300 Peace Corps volunteers have supported improved coastal resource management in the Philippines.