Margarita De la Cruz is the NGO Representative of the Management Body of FMA-8. She is currently the President and Executive Director of Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc. (GDFI). Ms. De la Cruz describes herself as an educator, researcher, development worker, and eager learner committed to the promotion of quality education, research and public service. True enough, she has started bridging quality education since her teaching days in Bobon School of Fisheries, Northern Samar and as a respected professor in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College.
A researcher through and through, she has also published multiple studies in the fisheries sector and her most recent study is entitled, “Spatial distribution patterns of sandfish juveniles released in a sea ranch areas in Maliwaliw Island, Philippines” (2021), she has also conducted studies in the “Blue Swimming Crab Fishers and Fishing Practices in Leyte and Samar, Philippines”, as well as post-Haiyan studies entitled “Preliminary Assessment of Post-Haiyan Mangrove Damage and Short-Term Recovery In Eastern Samar, Central Philippines” and “Building Back Better: A democratic accountability assessment of service delivery after typhoon Haiyan”.
Melecia Sumbeling has been in public service since 1986 right after she graduated from the Visayas State of Agriculture (VSU) with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Forestry. At present, Ms. Sumbeling is the Development Management Officer III of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8. Some of her duties include overseeing the implementation of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program in NIPAs MPAs of the region and applying IEM and other related approaches to natural resources management.
Dr. Romy Jun Sunico is currently the Campus Director of Surigao State College of Technology – Del Carmen Campus, Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte. He is currently the Committee Chair on Biodiversity Assessment, Monitoring and Conservation Management of the Siargao Island Protected Landscapes and Seascapes (SIPLAS) Protected Area Management Board (PAMB).
He finished his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and master’s degree in Information Technology and in Business Administration at St. Paul University and earned his doctorate degree in Technology Education at University of Science and Technology of Southeastern Philippines (USTP), Cagayan de Oro City. His field of specialization includes marketing, business administration and organizational studies.
Dr. Sunico is actively engaged in various projects and programs related to climate change resilience and adaptation in the Siargao Islands.
As an island state-owned college, SSCT Del Carmen, through the leadership of Dr. Sunico, embraces the challenge of producing competent fisheries professionals that are equipped with F.I.S.H. (Futuristic mindsets to apply Innovative methods and Scientific approaches in order to promote Hortative advocacy) towards sustainable fisheries development in Caraga.
Celso Suquib is a Dinatgonon fisherfolk who has been volunteering as a Deputy Fish Warden for over 7 years. He sits as the Chairperson of the Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Council in Dinagat Islands for three years from the year 2019.
His advocacy centers on the protection of the marine protected areas in their community and supports the campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the province.
As a fisherfolk, Manong Celso is also one of the many successful lobster growers in the province.
Manuel Buenaflor is private aquamarine producer-trader from Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. He studied Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Ateneo de Davao University.
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