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Philippines

Barangay Manamoc

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Conservation benefit: 267-acre marine protected area for 20 years

Community benefit: Solar power system for schools and health centers

Date Approved: 01.2008

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

The island-village of Barangay Manamoc has an area of 1,275 acres, about 300 households, and a population of about 1,900. Most residents 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.

The community has committed to support the marine protected area for 20 years. In return, a Seacology grant will fund a solar power system. It will provide clean, renewable electricity to the community’s preschool, elementary school, high schools, training center, health center, and community hall.

The community badly needs clean and affordable power. The village currently relies on diesel generators. Electricity is available only five to six hours each day, and it is expensive. The cost makes it impossible for public facilities to provide effective services to the community.

Our nonprofit partner, the Andres Soriano Foundation, will help implement the project.

Project Updates

January 2018

Seacology’s partnership with the Manamoc Community continues to work well. Community fish warders (paid a stipend by the village council) patrol the marine protected area regularly, and twice a year the MPA management team surveys the health of the reef and conducts a fish count. The solar power system is still working.

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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.

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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 attend an MPA orientation conducted by the barangay.

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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 additional equipment was installed to alleviate an initial challenge of budgeting the operating time for computer usage compared to the power available. The MPA remains protected by the community and in late 2008 an illegally placed underwater compressor was confiscated by patrolling community members.

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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 National High School, with remaining designated buildings scheduled to be completed by end of May. Andres Soriano Foundation staff and Manamoc community members worked with the solar power contractors on the installation and on the job training for future equipment repair and maintenance.

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Full or partial funding for this project provided by Seacology Germany.

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