Location : Based in Metro Manila, Philippines
Working relationships :
Reports to : Marketing unit head, dotted line to STP lead
Super Typhoon Rolly, known internationally as Typhoon Goni, devastated the Bicol region of the Philippines over the weekend of October 31st, 2020, dealing more than US$ 290 M in damage to infrastructure and agriculture.
Now touted as the strongest storm of 2020, the super typhoon has leveled whole fishing communities along the coast of Lagonoy Gulf, which encompasses 15 cities and municipalities across three provinces : Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.
WWF-Philippines has been working on a handline yellowfin tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in the Lagonoy Gulf since 2011, and has a deep and strong relationship with its fishing communities.
This community has been in the forefront of many of our efforts on sustainable fishing practices, from initiatives to prevent post-harvest losses, to social enterprise development, to important innovations in seafood traceability.
Furthermore, the Lagonoy Gulf FIP is part of the unit of assessment for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the first in the country to enter such a process.
Tragically, many of the tuna handline vessels devastated by Typhoon Rolly are municipal boats that are part of the MSC unit of certification.
Lagonoy Gulf has also been featured in two videos produced by the WWF network regarding fisheries. One is a short film called Nonoy and the Sea Monster about the dangers of overfishing.
Nonoy was produced by the EU-funded Fish Forward project in 2015, and has won multiple international and European film and advertising awards.
The other video filmed in the area is a Fish Forward 2 video about the effect of climate change on fisheries, which is timely given that the devastating effects of the typhoon were no doubt exacerbated by climate change.
The fishing communities of Lagonoy Gulf have been true partners in our work for sustainable fisheries, and they are a model community not only for responsible fishing practices, but also, as we have seen, a community that is very susceptible to extreme weather events.
Unfortunately, these things do tend to go hand in hand, as small-scale fisherfolk are disproportionately affected by such events.
In a region still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and battered by one heavy storm after another, it is impossible not to feel a sense of hopelessness.
Through our help, we will be able to tide the affected communities through the next few days and weeks, making a concrete difference as they find their footing again.
The main responsibility of the Project Manager is to lead a cross functional team in the conceptualization, planning and delivery of Project Sulong , a fundraising campaign supporting disaster recovery in Lagonoy Gulf following Typhoon Rolly in late 2020.
It is the next step after the immediate relief effort -Project Silong- that aimed to deliver tarps and food / emergency supplies to WWF partner fishing communities.
The objective of Project Sulong is to fundraise for and deploy replacement boats for the affected fishing communities.
Duties and responsibilities :
Monitors and signs off on Project cash payments.
Ensures integration of communications strategy at the Project level, obtaining inputs from the Marketing unit of WWF Philippines.