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Scoping trip to Malampaya Sound, the PH Fish Bowl

In March this year, 2 staff members alongside a volunteer visiting from America flew to Palawan to visit and assess the the Malampaya Sound Land and Seascape Protected Area and the local community who manages the protection to see what work is being done, and where CEC can assist, ensuring a community-first, rights based approach to environmental sustainability.

Collaborating with two local hosts from Canyolan Tribe Old Guinlo Minority Association and Ecumenical Development Center for Indigenous People (EDCIP) after a long bus ride, the team visited local government units and the Church in Taytay gathering data and official documents and asking lost of questions.

 

The next day the team of 5 caught a boat through the beautiful mangrove deltas into the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape – the area is huge so we only stayed in the ‘inner sound’ – the location of the rare Irrawady Dolphins. Here we were warmly greeted with the Old Ginlo Barangy Indigenous Persons group, who hosted us for the time we were there. Getting to work straight away, we were shown around the town, and held meetings with community members and government and barangay officials. While in the area, CEC held focus group discussions, informal interviews with community members and groups, and an environmental assessment of the marine area.

Overall, the visit was extremely successful, and plans are being formed for how CEC can facilitate a conservation project in the area, integrating IP knowledge and passion for conservation with our marine and community expertise to ensure the area known as the fish bowl of the Philippines remains pristine and abundant with fish to ensure the prosperity of the Philippino people. We are so grateful of all the support provided by (EDCIP) and the people of Old Guinlo and extend our gratitude to these groups alongside all others who provided us with assistance. Maddie Davy