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RARE names San Carlos Mayor ‘coastal leader’

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA) -- RARE International, a global leader driving social change for people and nature, named San Carlos City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo as one of the 500 Coastal Leaders.

RARE Conservation Fellow Melvin Maglayon Gustilo gave a symbolic Coastal 500 pin to Gustilo at the San Carlos City Hall, witnessed by RARE officials including Senior Manager for Financial and Market Inclusion Flora Belinario.

RARE Director for Innovative Finance Christopher Lomboy led the simple ceremony and the signing of Local Leadership Pledge in support to healthy and sustainable fishing communities where San Carlos City is a signatory.  

Gustilo said he pledged and joined the other leaders around the world to seek and build healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities and empowering the constituents to have clearer access rights to their fisheries, good governance, local leadership, and participatory management to recover and sustain the coastal resources.

The Coastal 500 is the largest global network of Mayors and local government leaders committed to work towards thriving and prosperous coastal communities, across the developing tropics.

Other Coastal 500 members hail from Brazil, the Federated State of Micronesia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mozambique, Palau and the Philippines.

Meanwhile, RARE Philippines, who helps communities adopt sustainable behaviors toward their natural environment and resources,  together

San Carlos City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo receives his pin as one of the 500 Coastal Leaders of RARE International, a global leader driving social change for people and nature. *(EAD-PIA6 San Carlos photo)

with mobile wallet company will introduce GCASH as part of Digitization to San Carlos City fisherfolk.

Belinario, RARE Philippines Senior Manager for Financial and Market Inclusion with Lomboy, Director for Innovative Finance and GCASH representatives headed by Jose Enrique Marfori Jr. discussed with Mayor Gustilo about the RARE's on-going project in Sipaway Island in empowering the fisher folk.

She said that one of their goals in said visit is not just to monitor the on-going project of RARE Philippines in the island of Sipaway but to also empower the fisher folk, fish vendors and fisher folk saving clubs through digitization with the partnership of a leading financial technology company in the country, GCASH.

“GCASH app will enable and help the fisher folk to connect to other financial institutions through the use of technology,” Belinario said. (AAL/EAD/PIA6 Negros Occidental)

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