SAVING PHILIPPINE REEFS Coral Reef Monitoring Expedition Siquijor Province, Philippines April 22-30, 2017 Trip Report
TitleSAVING PHILIPPINE REEFS Coral Reef Monitoring Expedition Siquijor Province, Philippines April 22-30, 2017 Trip Report
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCCEF
KeywordsSiquijor, SPR, Trip Report
Abstract

The 9-day expedition to Siquijor was staffed by a much more diverse team than past expeditions. The team included five foreign volunteers, 10 CCEF staff, three Silliman University marine science graduate student, six volunteers from the Siquijor Provincial Monitoring Team (PROMOTE), as well as 11 military from the Philippine Armed Forces. The foreign volunteers joined from the U.S. and Australia; of the six, four were seasoned SPR attendees and two were first-time attendees.

The team returned to Coco Grove Beach Resort in the municipality of San Juan where it had stayed eight years ago in 2009, and found that the resort had expanded to approximately three times its previous size, now with two restaurants, three pools, and some dance floors. The team’s two pump boats (of varying size and comfort level!) were contracted from Apo Island, and the boat crew was friendly, capable and attentive.