Barangay San Pedro, Biri Island

June 2007

Conservation benefit: Establishment of marine sanctuary for 20 years
Community benefit: Building to house a community-managed drugstore

The barangay (village) of San Pedro lies along the coast of Biri Island, in Northern Samar. Its population of 1,138 relies heavily on fishing for subsistence. Potable water is scarce, and health services are very limited.

The Center for Empowerment and Resource Development is working with Barangay San Pedro to implement a coastal resource management program. The barangay has agreed to preserve 25 acres of marine habitat, locally known as Kapig-itan Reef, as a no-take zone for at least 20 years. The community passed a resolution to this effect, which is awaiting adoption by the Municipal Council.

In exchange for protecting and managing Kapig-itan Reef, Seacology will fund a small building the house the barangay drugstore. The Philippines Department of Health will provide affordable medicines under its Barangay Drugstore (Botika sa Barangay) program.

Project Updates
December 2009
Ferdie Marcelo reports that medical supplies are being replenished with some regularity. The community deals with frequent typhoons by anticipating demand and stocking up before shortages occur....
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June 2009
The barangay pharmacy is operational, but frequent typhoons hamper regular delivery of medical supplies, and sometimes weeks pass before they are replenished. The community is hopeful that the...
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May 2008
Construction began in March 2008, and all major work was complete by April. Local and adjoining community members, the local fisherfolk organization, and the Barangay Council met to discuss and...
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December 2007
After elections in October 2007, the size of the marine sanctuary had to be reduced from 12 hectares (30 acres) to 10 hectares (roughly 24.7 acres). The project is scheduled to begin in early...
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October 2007
The project is on hold until the newly elected municipal officials approve to establish the protected area. It is estimated that this will be done by the end of 2007.

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