Volume 21 Number 1 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


Living Alone: The Experiences of Married Single Students in Higher Education
Phanuel Manizabayo & Prema Gaikwad
Prismatic View of Gender Power Relations at the Intersection in Linda Ty-Casper’s Ten Thousand Seeds
Rosemarie Cerbito-Abocot 

Climate Change Advocacy through the Arts: The IMCC Kapagintaw Ethno-Rock 
Reynaldo Openiano Mancia & Helen Sumagang Tejero

Cheating During Examination: Inference on human Capital Quality 
Apolonio I. Machica, Jr., Ma. Rosario P. Abud,  Agnesia A. Machica, & Eliza C. Cabugawan

Acculturation of Children as Experienced by Foreign Mothers Studying in the Philippines 
Janet N. Odhiambo, Flor Marticio, & Eunice Aclan

Emergent Themes in Marketing Theory and Practice Literature from 1957 to 2015: A Systematic Review 
Innocent Sigauke & Kenneth Swansi

The Axiological Relevance of the Tumba-tumba Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 
Caesar Ziggy Q. Perlas

Wish to WISHCRAFT: A Peek into an Environmentally Friendly School 
Prema Gaikwad & Blessing Obaya

Empowering Persons with Disabilities Through Training and Employment: A Case Study 
Donie Ver Medalla & Bella Marie Medalla

The Sustainability of the Social Responsibility of Canaan Farmers’ Schools:  A Comparative Case Study of South Korea and the Philippines 
Daren Ngadima & Christel Arnaud Ngadima

Big Data, Education, and Social Responsibility 
Yaroslav Ovdiyenko

Fisher-Buyer Trade Relations: An Oppressive Reality 
Max Teody T. Quimilat


International Forum 
Vol. 21, No. 1
June 2018
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497

Fisher-Buyer Trade Relations:  An Oppressive Reality

Abstract. The Philippines is a country with rich marine resources. Many of its people rely on fishing as a way of life.  Even with its abundance, people relying on fishing are still stacked below the poverty line.  This bounty of resources did not become advantageous to the fishing communities. Several interventions from local government units and non-government organizations have taken place, yet the problem of the fisher’s well-being has been stagnant. This study sought to understand the fisher-buyer trade relations and how they become problematic and favorable to the buyer. This is a manifestation of the dependency theory in the local communities. Fisher folk and buyers were interviewed in a semi-structured in-depth interview to solicit data on the mechanism of the system. The system was found to be problematic and unfair to the front-liners in the fishing industry.   Several solutions were proposed through the years yet many have failed. Successful cooperative formation in the fishing communities in other parts of the world could be an answer to this plague in the Philippines even if it has also been challenged through the years.


Keywords: Dependency theory, patron client system, small-scale  fisheries, poverty alleviation, fishermen’s cooperative,  social responsibility, anthropology, Philippines, Asia 



Max Teody T. Quimilat, PhD Candidate
Instructor, Southern Leyte State University
Southern Leyte, Philippines

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