Bantay Kalikasan

Sun Life Foundation, Bantay Kalikasan to develop another hidden gem in Gubat, Sorsogon

Hyle Loneza
July 13, 2018

Recently, Sun Life Foundation Inc., sealed another partnership with Bantay Kalikasan, the environment arm of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya. Through the partnership, Sun Life Foundation Inc.  will support the development of the Mangrove Eco-tourism project in Barangay Panganiban, Gubat, Sorsogon.

Sorsogon is known for its great potential for tourism. The project aims to build a mangrove boardwalk that will give the visitors the opportunity to tour the lush mangrove forest and a tree-house where they can relax after a long exploration. The project envisions visitors to learn and engage in the protection and enrichment of the mangrove forest by taking part in the mangrove nursery and planting.  This project will also provide valuable additional income to the 23 members of Panganiban People’s Organization.

Rizalina Mantaring, Chairwoman of Sun Life Foundation, expressed her delightin partnering with Bantay Kalikasan in providing livelihood and buildingconsciousness in protecting the environment in Gubat, Sorsogon, “We are very privileged to be part of this project.The feeling of making a difference in the lives of the people is really something. It makes us proud. This project is so much aligned with Sun Life’s main thrust, which is preserving the environment and conserving resources which will deliver benefits well into the future.”

For threeyears, Bantay Kalikasan has been supporting projects in Gubat, Sorsogon.One of which is theLola Sayong Eco-Surf Camp.

The surf camp isconsidered as a hidden gem, not only because of the beauty of the place, but also because of the community that promotes the importance of taking care of the environment. Several environmental awareness campaigns were conducted over the years, such as the Eco Youth Club. Kids and youth were taught aboutproper waste disposal. They also participate in coastal clean-ups every third and last Sunday of the month. Because of the excellent performance of the people who manage the camp, Lola Sayong Eco-Surf Camprecently receivedrecognition from the BPI Sinag Awards as the People’s Choice and was also featured in G-Diaries and Choose Philippines.

Bantay Kalikasan dreams that the Magrove Boardwalk and Tree-HouseEco-tourism will be as successful as the Lola Sayong Eco-Surf Camp.

Bantay Kalikasan is active in providing various alternative and sustainable livelihood projects to various People’s Organizations (POs). The program equips the POs with different trainings such Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training, Earth Warrior Training, tour guiding and customer service which are a great help to successfully accomplish the projects. 

BantayKalikasanstrongly believes that environmental advocacy and stewardship starts at the community level, making diverse efforts to empower them and build a core foundation of integrity in everything they do.