Young Tagbanua women off to monitor the women-managed area of their ancestral water.

Young Tagbanua women Calauit island in Busuanga, Palawan monitor the Women-Managed Area of their ancestral water after two weeks of rain. 

The Tagbanua elders have awarded parts of the ancestral waters for the women to manage. This partnership has helped conserve the already-dwindling stock of cachipay (windowpane oyster) as the women protect and conserve marine reserves, sustainably harvesting cachipay for food and livelihood. Cachipay is an important food source for the Tagbanua people of Calauit, especially during bad weather when the men cannot go out to fish. The cachipays also served as a critical food resource for the community during the COVID-19 lockdowns. With extreme weather events becoming more frequent with climate change, conserving food sources such as cachipay is crucial for this Indigenous community. 

USAID Fish Right, in partnership with the PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc. and Community Centered Conservation Philippines, helped establish the Calauit Women-Managed Area and trained Indigenous Tagbanua women in natural resource management, entrepreneurship, and environmental protection.

Indigenous Women Manage the Community's Marine Resources

Copyright © 2023 Dorelyn Jose

Country Philippines
Topics Food Security, Gender and Social Inclusion, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Natural Resource Management, Marine

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