Danjugan Island, located at the Southwestern part of Negros Occidental, Philippines, is a marine and bird sanctuary. It was saved by PRRCFI (Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Incorporated) from over fishers.
Getting to the island is not that easy. You have to spend 4 hours on land travel from Bacolod City to Barangay Bulata, Cauayan then a 15-25 minute boat ride to reach Danjugan. Nevertheless, it will always be worth it.
I spent 5 days in the island together with some volunteers and campers. It was my first time to travel in the Visayas Region alone but I never felt like I was. We often talked about environmental issues and how our little acts make a huge impact. One phrase that will forever mark my mind is “nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.” We spent most of our time in the ocean, and I didn’t mind the fact that there is no stable electricity, indoor plumbing, or wifi in the island. It’s not everyday you get to wake up with a “tuko” (gecko) staring right at your face, casually bump into a python, or see an eagle randomly fly by; if you’re lucky (I wasn’t), you may even spot some black-tip sharks and sea turtles. It makes me feel ecstatic knowing that our Earth has a chance.
Danjugan aims to spread awareness in the youth that’s why they came up with DEEP or Danjugan Island Environmental Educational Program.
Being on the island really challenged me to break up with my comfort zone. My 5 days without aircon and pink comforters (oops) was worth it, since I spent it with people who share the same perspective in making a difference.
Visit http://www.danjuganisland.ph to learn more about its initiatives.