Barangay Bagumbayan is an urban community located in the municipality of Pililla, Rizal, which is a little more than an hour away from Metro Manila. There are around 12,000 residents and 2,363 households based here. It is surrounded by mountains, but they also have access to Laguna de Bay which is considered to be the largest lake in the Philippines. While its neighboring communities are experiencing development and becoming more accessible, this barangay still heavily relies on fishing as their main source of income.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARM-C) is the official group of fishermen in Barangay Bagumbayan, which is composed of sixty (60) members as of today. In coordination with the barangay, it has also established its own set of governing members to help in managing FARM-C’s internal and external operations.
Every day, this group of fishermen heads out into the lake to gather their fresh catch to have something to trade in the local market. They are currently making use of limited resources such as makeshift nets and boats to operate. Because of the low-quality materials used for their equipment, these are beginning to show signs of deterioration and cannot be reliable, especially during typhoon season.
FARM-C is working with the barangay officials to establish a livelihood program for the current set of fishermen in the barangay, and eventually help more men find jobs to provide for their families. Through this program aid, they aim to be able to equip this organization and its members with:
1. Durable fishing nets (1 per fisherman)
2. 1 rescue boat
3. A small multi-purpose hall (for regular gatherings, operations, etc.)
Financial resources have been limited, especially to rural communities outside of the city. The residents of Barangay Bagumbayan are hard-working people, and with the current leadership that’s established, they aim to make their community a better place for the families residing there.