BATANGAS, Philippines -- U.S. and Philippine service members, local government workers, and non-governmental organizations partnered to install artificial habitat reefs at Barangay Hukay, Calatagan, Batangas on August 15, 2019.
The project, dubbed Operation Pamamalakaya, is a collaboration between by the Philippine Air Force, DV Boer Farm, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Municipality of Calatagan local government and residents. The U.S. military participated with six divers and five support crew members.
The launching event installed a total of 30 jackstone-type artificial habitat reefs made from simple construction materials. These reefs will serve as shelter, food sources, and breeding areas for wildlife. Coral will eventually cover the sunken structure, revitalizing marine life and improving fishing livelihoods in the coastal communities of Batangas.