Day one in the Philippines, meeting with Sikat.

Today I had a meeting with Chito Dugan from Sikat Philippines. Sikat is a ‘non-profit organisation established in 1991 which aims to enhance coastal community resiliency by implementing community-based Coastal Resource Management (CRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs (DRR), and promoting good governance practices.’

It was a very interesting and productive meeting. Chito was exceptionally welcoming and spoke in detail about Sikat’s work and success stories. He has also provided an insight in governmental bodies and local authorities in charge of fisheries, coastal environment, legal framework, aquaculture, protection, enforcement, etc. He also took some time to outline the main issues related to CRM in the Philippines as he sees them.

My sincere thanks to Chito for giving his time. It was great to learn more about an organisation that is doing such great work!


  1. Hi! I am doing research on climate change adaptation strategies and would love to get into contact with Chito Dugan. Is there a way you could forward me to him?

    Kind regards,

    Renate Bijlholt

  2. People and the Sea

    Hello Renate,
    Sorry, thanks for the message, and apologies for the slow reply.
    I am afraid we dont have his contact details any more. It is over three years since we met hom now, and contact has been lost over that time. You can not get hold of him through Sikat?
    Hope you find him!

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