Despite being one of the world’s largest fishing producing nation, hunger is still prevalent in the country, and among the nine basic sectors, the fishermen still belongs to one of the country’s highest poverty incidence as of 2015 (Philippines Statistics Authority, 2017) with a percentage of 34.0%. Coastal degradation and poverty are two of the fundamental crisis that is affecting the Philippine fisheries (Lacanilao, 1998).The repeated nature of this issue’s circumstance has made them worse and difficult to tackle. Given the increasing population, incoming fishing families are displaced, and are pressured for more housing (Lacanilao, 1998). With this small-scale fishermen need to work twice as hard to sustain their needs. But, with the sea being dominated by commercial fishers, there is evident competition on fishing resources.
With that in line, this study aims to help create alternative sustainable work opportunities for a community that heavily relies on one source of income through Architecture. The term “alternative” ought not to suggest a complete change in livelihood to another but the capacity to handle different options for work (Fluharty, Christie, ; Murray, 2003). Having a wide range of source for household income and food security as opposed to relying upon one activity is maybe the most ideal route for the rural fishing community to withstand unpredictable events (Fluharty, Christie, ; Murray, 2003).
1.1 Statement of the Problem
About 43.2% of the general population in the Philippines depend on fishing as their source of income (Bersale, 2015) , but with the current condition of the sea, climate change, and industrialization makes this harder for the small-scale fisherman. For a secure future, local governments need to provide the community with facilities to create alternative sustainable work opportunities. The study tackles on a design solution providing various facilities for alternative work, collaborating, sharing expertise, and networking for the rural fishing community but still co-relates to one another. This will encourage entrepreneurship and sustainable sources of income for the community. Also, through the proposed project, it will incite sustainable behavior within the community that will give importance to their natural resources and eco-system. The researcher aims to design a model that can be used in different parts of rural fishing communities in the Philippines.