Oscar America is a fisherfolk from Panukulan, Quezon. He is the chairman of Pag-itan Fishers Association (PFA), a people’s organization based in the small barangay of Pag-itan in Panukulan. PFA helps the community sustain their coastal resources through workshops, trainings, and collaborations with local government and civil society organizations.
It occurred to him that illegal activities were unstoppable to meet the unending needs of the community
Kuya Oscar has been a fisherfolk ever since he was in grade school. He witnessed everything the sea has to offer; fishes, corals, crustaceans, and many more. He paddled through the open water and saw the abundance of the sea. When resources started to fleet, Kuya Oscar wondered what went wrong. It occurred to him that illegal activities were unstoppable to meet the unending needs of the community. He decided that PFA has to do some necessary actions.
In Panukulan, houses and small establishments are built along the stretches of Pacific water. Mangroves have been their first line of defense to mitigate the effects of typhoons and tsunamis. However, cutting of mangroves were prevalent among community members since mangroves are used as coals or firewood. This made the coastal area vulnerable to calamities.
This project aims to incorporate gender responsive and CCA-DRRM responsive agenda through programs and activities
The Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas Luzon secretariat (PLS) together with its implementing partner, Institute of Social Order (ISO), capacitates their assisted communities through its project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). This project entitled, "Enhancing the productive and disaster risk and reduction management capacities of rural women in Luzon, Philippines”, aims to incorporate gender responsive and CCA-DRRM responsive agenda through programs and activities like community planning and social enterprise that will help members of people’s organizations like Kuya Oscar.