Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI), is a 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 they’d do all they could 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 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.
Other commercially important invertebrates observed are Abalone (Haliotis asinina) and Spiny lobster (Panulirus spp). The endangered coconut crab (Birgus latro) still frequent the island. The western beaches of Danjugan Island are known nesting sites of the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Green Sea (Chelonia mydas) turtles.
Increasing environmental awareness in the youth has been one of the major priorities of PRRCFI and for 27 years now, we have been running our Danjugan Island Marine and Widlife Camp where campers learn about marine and terrestrial ecology through various activities such as trekking, snorkeling, birdwatching, kayaking and stargazing among others.
Wildlife and people in harmony for a sustainable future.
To inspire people to take action for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development through:
- Experiential Learning
- Collaborative Research
- Nurturing Partnerships
- Enabling Communities
- To install environment friendly facilities including a learning center for PRRCFI’s biodiversity conservation and sustainable development programs in Danjugan Island;
- To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate community-based conservation programs;
- To establish a learning center for research and education in Southern Negros Occidental;
- To institutionalize community-based coastal resource management in PRRCFI project sites and replication within the South Negros Marine Key Biodiversity Area and in other relevant locations in Negros Occidental;
- To develop sustainable enterprises managed and owned by enabled communities.