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US Embassy Manila's cultural affairs officer Matt Keener visited the consulate's fishery project site in Loguilo in the Municipality of Alubijid, Misamis Oriental.

The project targets to develop sustainable and productive fisheries in the said municipality and build protective and sanctuary campaign program against overfishing in Misamis Oriental. It is a three-year undertaking by US Embassy Manila and the American Corner of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, in partnership with the International Studies 85 (American Political Thought) class of the Department of History, International Studies, and Political Science of the XU College of Arts and Sciences and the Social Development Office.

The campaign aims to organize the fishermen, profile the fishing community, and capacitate the officers and members in protecting their marine resources. Its major aim is to improve the quality of life of the fishing community anchored on protecting the environment, particularly the coastal resources to ensure the enjoyment of the present and future generations.

The said project is divided into five major parts, namely, (1) socio-economic profiling of the community village, (2) community organizing where the community members, particularly the fishermen and their wives will be organized, (3) capacity-building and empowerment, (4) formulation of a five-year development plan, and (5) information and education campaign on coastal resource management, particularly the effects of overfishing.

Keener also led the turn over of a 3D printer and smart board to the XU Learning Spaces as part of the DIY MarkerSpace feature of the XU library.∎


WELCOME PARTY. On Monday, July 16, US Embassy Manila's cultural affairs officer Matt Keener arrived at the Laguindingan airport and welcomed by Xavier Ateneo professor Jun Dumaug, American Corner CdeO director Estella Cabudoy, and two Ateneo Diplomatic Corps officers. Supplied photo. 


COLLABORATION. American Corner - Cagayan de Oro initiated the livelihood project on DIY or do-it-yourself throw pillows made from the trash and plastic wrappers collected during the Alubijid community's cleanup drives. Supplied photo. 


COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP. CAO Matt Keener with American Spaces Philippines director Xavier Lara awarded a certificate of appreciation to the president of Loguilo Association of Fishermen Misamis Oriental (LAFAMO) for his leadership in the community. Supplied photo. 


PRODUCTS FROM TRASH. CAO Matt Keener appreciates the products made from the trash and plastic wrappers collected from the seashore during the community's cleanup drives. Supplied photo. 


PRODUCTS FROM TRASH. The US Embassy Manila team appreciates the products made from the trash and plastic wrappers collected from the seashore during the community's cleanup drives. Supplied photo. 


MOBILE LIBRARY BY THE SEA. In partnership with American Corner - Cagayan de Oro, this mobile bookshelf was made for the LAFAMO community kids in need of children’s storybooks. Supplied photo.  


XU LEARNING SPACES. Cultural affairs officer Matt Keener (third from left)and American Spaces Philippines director Xavier Lara (second from left) meet with Xavier Ateneo administrators Dr Juliet Dalagan (dean, College of Arts and Sciences), VP for administration Edison Sasoy (rightmost), Office of International Cooperation and Networking director Elizabeth Enerio (third from right) and University Libraries director Estrella Cabudoy (leftmost). Supplied photo. 


RIBBON CUTTING. Cultural affairs officer Matt Keener was welcomed by American Corner Cagayan de Oro in the Learning Spaces of Xavier Ateneo. Supplied photo. 


DIY MAKERSPACE. Cultural affairs officer Matt Keener and American Spaces Philippines visit the DIY MakerSpace Corner at XU. Supplied photo.  


NEW EQUIPMENT AT THE XU LEARNING SPACES: Smart Board


NEW EQUIPMENT AT THE XU LEARNING SPACES: 3D Printer