Artificial reef domes along Sarangani Bay

A non-government group in Sarangani province is working for the deployment of 300 additional artificial reef domes along the Sarangani Bay in a bid to help restore the area’s critical marine resources.

Jean delos Santos, project officer of the Alcantara Foundation, said they have launched a joint project with a people’s organization based in a coastal village in Maasim town in Sarangani for the massive deployment of artificial reef domes to facilitate the rehabilitation of the area’s damaged coral reefs.

She said the initiative is part of the major environment programs of the foundation, which is supported by the Alcantara Group of Companies.

The Alcantara Group, through subsidiary Sarangani Energy Corp., is presently building a 200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Maasim town.

“Basically the project will help in the conservation and protection of Sarangani Bay,” Delos Santos said.

As part of the project, she said the foundation linked up with the Tinoto Fisherfolk’s Association for the construction of 300 artificial reef domes and their deployment in selected spots off the coasts of Maasim town.

She said Christian relief group World Vision, through a tie up with the Alcantara Foundation, provided for the cost of materials and labor in the building of the artificial reef structures.

As counterpart, she said the fisherfolk group provided the required manpower for the construction of the 300 units of artificial reef domes.

Delos Santos said they initially deployed 29 artificial reef domes last week in Barangay Tinoto in Maasim through the assistance of volunteers from private and government institutions in the area.

She said elements from the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion led the deployment of the reef domes from the coast to the bay while divers from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center and the Lemlunay Resort positioned the artificial reef domes.

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