Ipil Pride Campaign – saving the environment for a sustainable future PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00

Last Saturday, I had a chat with one of the owners of “lechon manok” (roasted chicken) sellers in our city. And what struck me in our conservation, when he said that in the future, chicken will be more in demand as the fishes in market will be more expensive. Whoaaa. Even now, it seems it is really getting expensive and more practical to buy chicken than a kilo of fish in the market. You can have a divide and have variety of menus with a kilo of chicken. A kilo of fish is good for one or two meal settings.I shrugged with the though of eating chicken every day.

That's why I admire the advocacy of Ipil, Sibugay with its environment movement called, “Ipil Pride Campaign” which takes serious steps in encouraging people to participate and support it. Launched by the Ipil Local Government last November 28, 2013, it is primed to promote and protect their famous Buluan Island as the centerpiece of the Ipil Pride Campaign. The project is aided by Xavier Agriculture, USAID, and RARE a US-based conservation organization. Using cuddly Molskie, the parrot fish as the campaign’s mascot, the masses are being lured to find out how how they can help.

Buluan Island is a tear drop shaped island two kilometers away from Barangay Buluan, Ipil, Sibugay, and only 20 minutes from the Ipil’s wharf by speedboat. Being our country's 2nd best MPA (Marine Protected Areas) in 2013 and declared as a marine sanctuary,  the pay off is worth it under the strict management of Ipil Fishery Law Enforcement. There has been a 50% increase in catch of fishers along the periphery of the island, 30% increase in the species of fish, 61.58% increase in hard corals present, marine turtles have begun nesting on the island, and increased of local and foreign tourists with the full cooperation of all sectors.

Here are some pictures I got from the Facebook account of Ipil Pride Campaign on its participation to the Agri-Trade Fair of the 13th Araw ng Zamboanga Sibugay last week.

By Dante Corteza

Genesis 1:28. “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”