Barangay Rizal, Cuyo Island, Philippines

January 2007

Multipurpose building in support of a 247-acre Mangrove Forest Park (185-acre no-take zone) for a minimum of 20 years

Barangay Rizal, with a population of 2,065, is the largest village comprising the Municipality of Magsaysay in the remote northeastern part of Cuyo Island, Palawan. The Andres Soriano Foundation is working with Barangay Rizal as part of their Small Island Sustainable Development Program (SISDEP). They have successfully negotiated with the village’s Barangay Council to preserve 247 acres of its mangrove area, 185 acres of which is declared a no-take zone, for a minimum duration of 20 years. The villagers culture ‘lato’ (edible seaweed) in commercial quantities within the controlled-use zone of the park, but they realize they need to learn other methods of livelihood that are more environment-friendly. They also want to conduct coastal resource management trainings so they can better manage and protect the park.

Seacology is funding the construction of a multipurpose building for trainings, meetings, and monthly medical consultation in recognition of Barangay Rizal’s commitment to conserving their mangroves.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
December 2010
Seacology provided a maintenance grant to the community to fund repainting the building and making various repairs, including fixing several leaks in the ceiling.
June 2009
As of April 2009 the community continues to effectively manage their community center. Last March, the Barangay adopted a resolution which will allow them to charge minimal fees for the use of the...
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May 2008
As of April 2008 Rizal continues to use the Center to hold community meetings for a variety of purposes, from health activities to fishing and farming meetings, to elections of community...
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October 2007
The building was entirely completed in July 2007. An opening ceremony took place on August 30, 2007 with Seacology Field Representative Mr. Ferdie Marcelo in attendance as Seacology's representative.
June 2007
The project began in February 2007 with a presentation of the plans to the Municipality Mayor. The Mayor offered the services of the Municipal Engineer to supervise the construction work....
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March 2007
Plans for March through April 2007 include forming the community management committee for the mangrove park, purchasing and transporting materials for construction, and preparing the construction...
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As of April 2009 the community continues to effectively manage their community center. Last March, the Barangay adopted a resolution which will allow them to charge minimal fees for the use of the facility, to defray electrical and maintenance costs. The Mangrove Park is being monitored and patrolled regularly by the community
rganized Mangrove Forest Guards. Planting of mangrove seedlings in less dense areas are being done by the guards.

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