Save Philippine Seas

Come on over October and check out what’s new with SPS! Everyday we will be posting exciting and educational wall-worthy news and stories, photos, videos, and other fun stuff on our page based on the hashtag theme of the day. 
Watch out for them throughout the week, repost to your friends or share your thoughts using these wet ‘n wild hashtags all from Monday through Sunday.

Come on over October and check out what’s new with SPS! Everyday we will be posting exciting and educational wall-worthy news and stories, photos, videos, and other fun stuff on our page based on the hashtag theme of the day.

Watch out for them throughout the week, repost to your friends or share your thoughts using these wet ‘n wild hashtags all from Monday through Sunday.

Call for volunteers for the Pawikan Watchers Program

Apply now to become part of the Pawikan Watchers pilot program! This will be in support of CURMA's sea turtle conservation program in San Juan, La Union.

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We are looking for passionate individuals who share our vision to develop a research and community development program that will support sea turtle conservation initiatives in the Philippines. 

Volunteer to patrol the nesting areas, help gather scientific data about sea turtles, and develop information, educational, and communication (IEC) campaigns for the local community.

The program is open to local and international volunteers.

Qualifications:

-20-40 years old

-Can commit to a 4-week full-time stay in San Juan, La Union. See dates below.

-Has good communication and organizational skills

-Has no serious medical conditions

-Must be comfortable in and around the water

-Ability to speak and/or understand Ilocano will be an advantage

Fees:
Filipino citizens (from or based near Manila) = Php20,000
Non-Filipino citizens = Php25,000 (approximately 581 USD)

Fee includes training course and materials, official shirt and ID, beach patrol materials, coastal cleanup materials, modest accommodations, utilities, daily meals, wi-fi internet access, transportation allowance from Manila to La Union at the start of the program and from La Union to Manila at the end of the program, administrative supplies, and other miscellaneous fees.

Applicants who are not Filipino citizens and are not based in the Philippines are responsible for securing their visas and shouldering their flights to and from the Philippines should they be selected.

Applicants who are not based in or near Manila are responsible for securing their transportation to and from Manila should they be selected.

Schedule of Volunteers:

1st Batch (6-8 persons): November 24 - December 19, 2014
General calendar of activities:
Week 1 - Sea turtle conservation training
Week 2 - Community immersion and nightly beach patrol 
Week 3 - Draft IEC materials and research framework, nightly beach patrol
Week 4 - Local communication initiatives and nightly beach patrol

2nd batch (6-8 persons): January 5 - 30, 2015
General calendar of activities:
Week 1 - Sea turtle conservation training
Week 2 - Community immersion and nightly beach patrol
Week 3 - Continue work on IEC materials and research framework, nightly beach patrol
Week 4 - Local communication initiatives and nightly beach patrol

Click here to download application forms. (File > Download as > Microsoft Word.)

Completed application forms must be submitted with a scanned copy of a valid ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, school ID) and emailed to savephseas[at]gmail[dot]com.

Deadline for applications is October 28, 2014.

Selected applicants will be required to make a 30% deposit upon confirmation of participation. 

For inquiries, please email info[at]savephilippineseas[dot]org.

IMMEDIATE HIRING: Social Media and Communications Officer

Save Philippine Seas (SPS) will be holding a series of youth-oriented marine conservation conferences in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao called the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates) Camp. It aims to empower present and future generations of Filipinos to conserve, protect, and restore our rich but threatened seas. The SEA Camp will cater to 90 outstanding Filipino leaders ages 18-23.

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We are looking for a full-time, home-based Social Media and Communications Manager for the project, to be engaged from September 29, 2014 to August 31, 2015. S/he will work with SPS co-founder and SEA Camp Project Director Anna Oposa.

The Social Media and Communications Manager’s main task is to create and implement the communications plan of SPS for the SEA Camp.

Qualifications:

  • Must have at least 2-3 years of work experience in communications
  • Background in advocacy communications is preferred
  • Must be adept with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr)
  • Must be adept with Facebook ads
  • Must have experience organizing press conferences and/or media events
  • Must be available to travel around the Philippines in November 2014 and April-June 2015
  • Must be fluent in English and Filipino, knowledge of Bisaya a bonus

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage SPS’s social media channels (Twitter, website, Facebook)
  • Create the SEA Camp communications plan, subject to review by Project Director, and lead in its implementation
  • Coordinate with media outlets and NGO partners to promote SEA Camps
  • Be present in all SEA Camps to write daily and overall documentation
  • Work closely with graphic designer, videographers, and photographers for collection of materials
  • Travel to SEA Camp sites with Operations Manager to do media rounds (i.e., meet with representatives of key media outlets)
  • Invite and confirm attendance of media prior to the SEA Camps
  • Coordinate with media during SEA Camps
  • Write pre- and post-event press releases for each SEA Camp
  • Lead the writing of post-event reports

Remuneration: PhP35,000/month for 11 months

In addition to professional fees, SPS will shoulder all expenses incurred related to the job, such as materials and travel expenses.

All interested applicants must email their cover letter, resume, and samples of written work (communication plan, blog entries, press releases, and the like) to Anna Oposa at anna[at]savephilippineseas[dot]org by September 22, 2014.

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Photos by Bench Talosig for SPS

Commendation for Cebu’s Bantay Dagat Team

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan

And other Concerned Officials

Province of Cebu and

Governors of the Visayan Sea

Re: Commendation for Cebu’s Bantay Dagat Team

Dear Sirs and Madames:

The Philippine Seas is known the world over as the “center of the center” of marine life on Earth. The Visayan Sea, surrounded by the littoral provinces of Northern Cebu, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Southern Masbate, lies at its geographic heart. However, after decades of illegal fishing and human abuse of its wealth, extensive underwater survey results show that it is on the brink of ecosystem collapse.

Together with ordinary fishermen and a handful of concerned law enforcement officials, we have been working to protect it from human abuse. Our success has been spotty at best, mostly because of the lackadaisical attitudes of some local and national government officials.

Lately, we have seen serious political will being exhibited by our leaders, among them the provincial governments of Iloilo and Cebu.

We are particularly impressed by the performance of the Cebu Provincial Bantay Dagat team headed by Mr. Loy Madrigal.  Mr. Madrigal has shown the seriousness of purpose, determined persistence, street-smart resourcefulness, and a sense of urgency that we have not seen in a long time.

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Mr. Madrigal and seized helmet shells, August 2014.

Photo from Cebu Daily News.

He and his team have scored major successes in their apprehensions, ranging from the arrest and impounding of commercial fishing boats engaged in illegal fishing in municipal waters to the arrest of culprits of blast fishing syndicates—even the apprehension of trade in sharks’ fin and other endangered products such as coral and shells.

What makes these accomplishments even more impressive is that they have been achieved with very little resources in terms of manpower, floating assets, and financial and legal support. Of particular note is Mr. Madrigal’s can-do spirit and the sense of urgency that he exhibits in the conduct of his work.

Recently, we visited the good Governor of Cebu to invite his attention to the commercial illegal fishing being done in the municipal waters of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu, which seems unable and/or unwilling to address the problem. In a matter of three days, with very few personnel, Mr. Madrigal and his team conducted seaborne operations in the municipal waters of Sta. Fe. This resulted in the arrest of three commercial fishing boats and in the filing of the appropriate cases against its officials and crew. 

As we congratulate and commend him and his team, we respectfully call on the concerned government officials of the Province of Cebu and Cebuanos from all walks of life to extend to him and his team the fullest protection and support.

We also take this opportunity to thank Governor Hilario Davide III for his leadership in and support for Cebu’s anti-illegal fishing campaign. We hope that other local government units will follow Cebu’s lead in marine protection.

On behalf of a grateful Filipino people, of the Visayan Sea Squadron, and of Save Philippine Seas, we thank Mr. Loy Madrigal most sincerely. He is a shining exemplar of a dedicated public servant who does his work without fear or favor, and without any thought of reward or credit for himself.

Sincerely yours,

 Antonio A. Oposa Jr.                                   Anna R. Oposa

Team Leader                                                 Co-Founder

Visayan Sea Squadron                                  Save Philippine Seas

Call for donations to rebuild Malapascua’s Elementary School: The PhP500k Challenge

UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

We still need PhP383,829 to complete the rebuilding of Logon Elementary School in Malapascua Island (Barangay Logon).

MALAPASCUA AND SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDA

Malapascua is an island north of Cebu. It is known for its world-class dive sites and the regular presence of thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus). Thresher sharks regularly visit Monad Shoal, a seamount 8.16 km due east from Malapascua, because of their significant relationship with resident Cleaner and Moon wrasses. The cleaning activity is known only to Malapascua Island, making this community valuable to Philippine tourism and the economy.

Malapascua was badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. While it was fortunate enough not to have any casualties, an estimated 90% of the island was devastated, affecting approximately 7,000 people and 1,200 families. 

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Pre-Yolanda (Top) and Post-Yolanda (Bottom)

LOGON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Logon Elementary School is one of three schools on the island and is the largest one, catering to over 900 students and 22 teachers. There are approximately 50-60 students per classroom. Category 5 Typhoon Yolanda damaged 13 out of the 16 classrooms, including the principal’s office, library, and computer room.

SPS’s partner, Globe Telecom, donated two large tents for temporary classrooms. Donations coursed through Thresher Shark Divers enabled the rebuilding of kindergarten classrooms and the repair of a few more classrooms, while donations from an individual enabled the repair of two more classrooms.

SPS AND THE PROPOSED SCHOOL

SPS has been working with the school on various environmental initiatives since 2012, such as the Arts-Science Festival and waste management programs. SPS and the Global Shapers Manila Hub have raised enough funds to build a structure with three classrooms and two floors. For the design and structural plan, SPS partnered with Architect Sarah P. Canlas to build a well ventilated and well lit structure to decrease dependency on fossil fuel and create an environment that is conducive to learning—a contrast to the dark, crowded classrooms that the school has.

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STATUS 

As of September 2014, SPS and the Global Shapers have collectively raised P1,900,000. The foundation and structures of the first and second floors are already in place.

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May 2014

The project is approximately 60% finished. We still need to raise PhP380,000+ for materials, transport costs, and labor to complete the project.

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August 2014

The budget shortage is due to donors who will no longer be able to donate. One donor decided to use funds for much-needed sanitation facilities on the island, while another donor’s business unfortunately burned down.

All previous donors who have provided email addresses receive regular updates via e-mail, with photos and access to scanned copies of receipts and payrolls.

NEXT STEPS

We’re begging calling for more donations.

We need to raise P383,000+ in a month. We have no disposable funding to organize an event, so we’re just appealing to your hearts through this blog entry.

DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

There are two possible ways to donate:

Via PayPal

Account number: savephseas[at]gmail[dot]com

Via bank deposit

Account Name: Philippine Seatizens Inc.

Account Number: 1430146735

Bank Name: Banco de Oro

Bank Branch: SM Pasig Branch 

G/F SM Supercenter Pasig, Frontera Verde, C5, Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City

SWIFT Code: BNORPHMM

Please send us a copy of the deposit slip so we can account for all donations and we can put you on the donors’ list!

Thank you!

NOW HIRING: Project Manager for Pawikan Watchers

Pawikan Watchers is a training program based in La Union where local and international volunteers will be trained on the biology and ecology of sea turtles and government-approved guidelines for handling sea turtles in various situations. It also aims to instil a sense of responsibility and stewardship among locals by actively participating in the conservation and protection of our marine resources.

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Pawikan Watchers was one of the 2013 winners of the British Council’s I Am A Changemaker competition. It is a collaboration between Route +63 and SPS. Project partners include CURMA and Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

SPS is looking a Project Manager to implement Pawikan Watchers with guidance from SPS co-founders.

Period of engagement: September 15-February 15, 2014 (5 months)

Type of engagement:

Home-based from September-October 2014 and February 2015

La Union-based November 2014-January 2015

Two-week break from December 22, 2014-January 4, 2015

The Project Manager must:

  • Be available to meet with consultants in Manila and conduct ocular inspections in La Union in September/October
  • Manage logistics
  • Lead in the selection of the Pawikan Watchers
  • Manage the volunteers on-site
  • Coordinate with local stakeholders, government agencies, SPS, and Route +63
  • Write monthly accomplishment reports
  • Oversee disbursements of funds
  • Coordinate with resource speakers for invitation and confirmation

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about education, marine conservation, and the Philippines
  • Prior knowledge on sea turtle biology and conservation issues is a plus
  • Possesses organization and presentation skills
  • Must have background on research
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Highly motivated and personable
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience in community organizing is a must
  • Speaking/understanding Ilocano is an added advantage

Remuneration: P81,000 for the entire duration of the project

In addition to professional fees, SPS will cover all expenses incurred for transportation, accommodations, food, and meetings.

Interested applicants may submit their resume and cover letter to savephseas[at]gmail[dot]com. Selected applicants may be interviewed over Skype.

Deadline for applications is on September 5, 2015.

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 Photos from Route +63.

About Us

Save Philippine Seas is a movement to protect the country's rich but threatened marine and coastal resources through IEC activities and community-based projects. It is registered in the SEC as Philippine Seatizens, Inc.

Contact Us

info@savephilippineseas.org

http://www.savephilippineseas.org