Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI) is a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization that was founded by a group of divers who witnessed the destruction around and in Danjugan Island– a 43-hectare limestone mass off the coast of Bulata, Cauayan in South Negros that is rich with unique marine and terrestrial wildlife.
The island’s degradation took a hopeful turn when its previous owner offered to sell a particular hardwood tree–the tree wherein sat the great nest of a pair of white-belllied sea eagles. It was at this point that the group decided to do all they can to save that tree, and vowed to save the entire island.
In 1994, through great fundraising efforts, the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI) purchased Danjugan Island, with the help of World Land Trust in the UK and Landbank in the Philippines, with full hope of providing refuge to many wildlife species that struggle to exist in the mainland.
Since then, we have provided technical support to the local government unit of Cauayan in establishing the surrounding waters in Danjugan Island as special marine protected areas where fishing activities are regulated. To date, we have designated three special marine areas around the island where 572 species of fish, 17 species of mangroves, 8 species of seagrass, 74 species of macroalgae and 244 species of corals thrive and take refuge in.
At least 72 bird species have been recorded on the island, including a nesting pair of White-breasted Sea Eagles (Heliatus leucogaster) that have been breeding atop the Typhoon Beach Camp since 1974, and Tabon scrub fowls (Megapodius cumingi) which are common around the island.
Danjugan Island’s surrounding waters were a diver’s haven.
The Sipalay Mine closed down and unemployed laborers resorted to unused blasting caps for dynamite fishing.
Danjugan Island was purchased through the efforts of PRRCFI and the World Land Trust, seen for both its a potential as a biodiversity conservation site and its vulnerability to exploitation.
Danjugan was voted “Best Managed Reef” by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Danjugan Island was opened to the public as part of its DINTP.
Here at PRRCFI, we are a diverse group of individuals with varied personalities and professional backgrounds, yet we are all unified by one thing: we passionately want to protect the things we love from abuse and over-consumption that there might still be a healthy planet left for future generations to live and thrive.