About the organization
Balangay's Best is the brand of high-quality, naturally processed, wild-caught sustainable seafood products made by artisan Filipino Fishers. It is manufactured and distributed by Fishers & Changemakers, Inc. (FCI). FCI is a pioneer and lone social enterprise that partners with local artisan fishing communities to manufacture and distribute high quality Balangay’s Best seafood products using sustainable technologies and equitable business practices in the Philippines. It was established on October 2014 during the rehabilitation efforts in Bantayan Island, Cebu to journey with selected fishers as they fully recover from the typhoon’s aftermath.
Recently, FCI sealed a partnership with RARE Philippines, a global non-profit organization currently working in 7 countries, to collaborate in addressing various environmental problems and promote conservation by focusing on helping communities adopt sustainable behaviors toward their natural resources. Through this partnership, it enable them to expand to (6) six communities in the following municipalities – Looc and Lubang of Mindoro Occidental; Ayungon and Bindoy or Negros Oriental; and Cantilan and Cortez of Surigao del Sur.
Agriculture, forestry, fishing mining
What makes it a social enterprise?
"Building sustainable fishing communities one catch at a time."
Balangay's Best uses sustainable technologies and equitable business practices to create synergy between multi-sector partnerships that will empower the fishing communities in the fishing communities of Cebu.
"To eradicate poverty in the fishing sector while restoring and protecting our seas."
Despite the demand for seafood products and the natural resources availble, fisherfolk are among the poorest sectors in the Philippines. Balangay's Best aims to make a positive impact on the lives of the fisherfolk by using innovative and sustainable technology and business practices, giving them share of the profits that mirror a living wage and can provide more than their basic needs.
What is its social cause?Employment development & skills training, Entrepreneurship & local business development, Poverty eradication
Who does it impact?Low-income individuals
Resources to learn more about Balangay's Best
[British Council] From Catch to Plate: Balangay's Best
[Yogo & Cream] Linked by the Sea: Working Together For More Sustainable Seafood
[ABS-CBN] Want danggit from Bantayan Island? Check this out
[Philstar] Linked by the Sea
[Pepper] Balangay's Best is Uplifting the Lives of Local Fishermen Through Their Line of Sustainable Dried Food