Conservation benefit: 267-acre marine protected area for 20 years
Community benefit: Solar power system for schools and health centers
The island-village of Barangay Manamoc has an area of 1,275 acres, about 300 households, and a population of about 1,900. Most people make their living from fishing, seaweed cultivation, or farming, though many work at a nearby resort. In 2002, the villagers worked to establish a 267-acre marine protected area. Since then, the mean hard coral cover has risen from 18 percent to 25 percent.
In 2001, the village was finally given three diesel power generators. Operating and maintenance expenses, however, have taken their toll. Power is available only five to six hours per day, and the increased price of electricity has prompted consumers to decrease their power consumption. Expensive power makes it impossible for public facilities to provide effective services to the community.
A Seacology grant will fund a solar power supply system to provide clean, renewable electricity to the community’s preschool, elementary school, high schools, training center, health center, and barangay hall. Our nonprofit partner, the Andres Soriano Foundation, will help implement the project. In return, the community has committed to support the marine protected area for 20 years.
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- December 2009
- Seacology Field Representative Ferdie Marcelo reports that though coral was affected by a crown of thorns starfish outbreak in the Cuyo group of islands last year, fish reportedly abound.
- June 2009
- As of April 2009, all solar units installed in the barangay continue to benefit the community. The MPA remains protected by the community and encroachers were given a warning and were required to...
- January 2009
- In June 2008 Karen Peterson visited the site with field representative Ferdie Marcelo. All solar units were installed and connected to equipment within the buildings. As of November 2008...
- May 2008
- Twelve solar power system units were purchased and delivered between March and April 2008. As of late April, units had been installed at the preschool, community training center and at Manamoc...