For protecting the future of Mabacayao Dako (and beyond)
Collaborating with Local Government Units is key
GOODLand is an official association for the municipality of Bantayan. Proudly using our accreditation, we've established a GOODLand Mambacayao branch on the island of Mambacayao Dako.
Our Mambacayao Dako branch has almost 50 members and has their own organisational officers. Notably, 4 out of our 5 officers are women, furthering our mission for diversity and progressiveness.
This branch works closely with the LGUs to organise and participate in weekly + monthly clean up drives, including underwater diving cleanups. GOODLand is also working together with LGUs on the logistics of proper waste disposal coming from the islands to the main dumpsite of Bantayan.
One of their first projects was starting a savings club through the organisation RARE.org.
But for Longterm, Multi-Generational Change,
The Youth of Mambacayao Play a Pivotal Role
GOODLand has also created a Mambacayao Youth Branch, consisting of just over 20 young people.
The young people of Mambacayao Dako have been busy pushing for an ordinance to establish an 8 hectare Marine Protected Area on their coast. In January 2022 it has officially been recognised as a Marine Protected Area.
Long before the ordinance, these young people have been busy monitoring, rehabilitating and protecting the reefs by removing nets and garbage and by talking to their family and neighbours. Learning through open source material and materials shared with them, they were able to rehabilitate their coral reefs.
By attending all the meetings and workshops organised by the Municipality of Bantayan for establishing Marine Protected Area clustering and management systems, they are now officially recognised managers and fish wardens.
They are also recognised as Protected Area Rangers by the Tañon Strait Protected Seascapes.
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