Net-Works began in the Philippines. The first pilot project took place in 2012 in the Danajon Bank, one of only six double barrier reefs in the world. Since then, we have expanded to three other areas – the Bantyan Islands, Northern Iloilo and Negros Islands – and there are 27 communities taking part.
The Philippines team are the driving force behind Net-Works’ successful growth. They do everything from organizing net collection operations, to setting up community banks, to providing training and mentoring to the communities on conservation and sustainable fisheries. The model they have helped to establish has become the blueprint for replicating Net-Works in other countries around the world.
To give more of an insight into how Net-Works operates, this ‘Meet the Philippines Team’ blog series will introduce the seven team members and share a little about each person’s role. First up it’s Project Manager Madz and Operations Manager Mia. In the next blog we’ll introduce Fidel, Smith and Ricky, and then it’s Frenz and Hazel’s turn. We hope you enjoy meeting them all!
I joined Net-Works in 2012, when we were setting up the first pilot project in Danajon Bank. As Project Manager for the Philippines, I lead the planning and implementation of the Net-Works business model across our regional hubs. I also oversee our plans for diversifying the model to include community based supply chains for other products such as seaweed. And our plans for expanding Net-Works to Southeast Asia, which I’m very excited about.
I have an excellent local team here and the full support of the international team. Together we have worked hard to establish the essential building blocks of Net-Works. We now have the tools and know-how we need to be able to diversify, replicate and expand in the coming years. I believe our ability to do this successfully will depend on the strength of our will to make it happen.
Rosemarie (Mia) Apurado, Net-Works Philippines Business Operations Manager
I work alongside Madz to implement Net-Works in the Philippines. This includes supporting the development of the community bank infrastructure that is at the heart of the Net-Works model, and coordinating the export aspects, where used nets are shipped to Slovenia for recycling.
I’ve been part of the team since 2012 and I find great meaning and joy in my work. I’m proud that through Net-Works I am able to contribute to the nurturing and rehabilitation of the marine environment. The small but concrete gains we are making provide the foundations for more significant efforts to keep our oceans healthy.
The Philippines team and communities were recently featured in The Economist’s ‘The Earth Circle’ film. Check it out here.