QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has launched ‘Fish N’ LEarn’, a financial education simulation game for Filipino fisherfolk.
The Fish N’ LEarn simulates real-life events that influence the financial behavior of fishermen and their families, according to BSP.
This game also aims to empower the agri-fisheries sector by reinforcing positive money habits and values among fisherfolk through a fun and interactive game, the BSP added.
“Fish N’ Learn is meant to give our fisherfolk the primacy that they deserve by focusing on improving their financial health and overall quality of life, which helps to foster a financially healthy citizenry,” BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said in a press statement on Monday, May 23.
Diokno added that strong public-private partnerships are instrumental to achieve sustainable and scalable programs such as this one.
This financial education game was launched in partnership with the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - Fish Right Program, and BDO Foundation.
This initiative aims to capacitate over 1.9 million fishers in the country.
Meanwhile, the DA-BFAR will include Fish N’ Learn in their regular training programs for fisherfolk.
The key messages embedded in the game are the five Ms which include the following:
1. Maging mapagkalinga sa karagatan (Nurture oceans and aquatic resources);
2. Mag-impok ngayon para sa kinabukasan (Save for the future);
3. Magpalago ng kita sa pamamagitan ng pagne-negosyo (Expand income sources by putting up a business);
4. Mag-seguro para protektado (Get insurance for protection);
5. and Maging matalino sa pag-utang (Use debt wisely).
The BSP, USAID-Fish Right, and BDO Foundation launched the game kits to DA-BFAR in May 2022.
The game materials were then distributed to DA-BFAR’s Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Divisions (RFTFCD) and its Provincial Fishery Offices (PFOs) and USAID-Fish Right civil society partner organizations. (JMB/PIA-IDPD)