Tambuyog — a Pangasinense word for carabao horn, which signifies a call for unity. Originating from UP researchers who conducted research and organizing in the communities along the Lingayen Gulf of Pangasinan, Tambuyog Developement Center is an NGO dedicated to creating a sustainable development in small-scale fishing industries that can one day lead to improvement on a global scale.
What struck me most during our orientation in Tambuyog is their mission. People are so concerned on agricultural problems and OFW problems that fishermen weren’t even given a thought by so many people and, unimpressively, including me. It hit me like; whoa, how could I have missed this. It’s so inspiring that people in Tambuyog have done what they can to realize their goals of helping the marginalized sector of the fishing industry for 25 years given that not many people know about it.
Tambuyog recognizes the needs of the people from coastal communities. It adds to their strength; how they understand that these people will cooperate and do what they can because theirs are the biggest risks of having to preserve the limited resources they have. Tambuyog offers these people help in managing their resources by teaching economical, political and biological concepts. Tambuyog doesn’t go after changing the whole fishing sector of the Philippines, they start small hoping and striving that these small steps are what will lead to a greater progress in the future.
What impresses me, also, is that they are not only helping fishermen, they also take with them, in their mission and campaigns the rights and welfare of women in the fishing industry. Also, while doing all of this, Tambuyog responds to Climate Change. They do what they can in the coastal areas to reduce its effects.
Ina Isabel C. Lingan