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 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 to house the barangay drugstore. The Philippines Department of Health will provide affordable medicines under its Barangay Drugstore (Botika sa Barangay) program.