1. Description of Our Community
Caraga is located in the northeastern region of Mindanao. The school (BNCHS) is located in Agusan del Sur, a landlocked province in the region. The coral transplantation was conducted at Surigao del Sur, a coastal province bordering Agusan del Sur in the east. Economic growth of this province is attributed to tourism and fisheries. During the past years, the fish in Hinatuan Bay, Surigao del Sur declined in amount. Several reasons for this are illegal coral farming, coral bleaching, muro-ami and blast fishing.
2. Summary of Our Project
As a maritime nation, the Philippines must take actions in restoring its damaged marine environment. One solution to the problem that our marine ecosystem is facing today is the coral reef restoration. The project “A Movement in Unison: Key to Save Ocean Wildlife” serves as the first stage of the answer to the problem. It has two main parts: coral transplantation and environmental awareness seminar. The former is a process done by getting coral fragments from donor corals and transplanting them to substrates. Survivorship of the transplants will contribute to the rehabilitation of coral reefs in Hinatuan Bay and will give a truthful sense of hope to the nation’s desire in restoring its marine biodiversity. The latter educates us and increase our sense of environmental ownership for it is important in preserving the natural beauty of our marine environment. Protection of marine life is not entirely a government duty. It’s everyone’s responsibility.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Internet access is slow at school and home. Computers at school are also slow.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The everyday power outage is the worst problem one can imagine when dealing with computers and internet. We almost lost hope in doing this project since the blackout has no proper schedule and we can not set a proper time to upload and finalize the output.
There was also a time that we did not follow the schedule because students were so busy in their class in final exams, requirements, clearances and other stuff. One time, we lost our photo documents and had a hard time regaining such important documents. Some student quit in the middle part. They were a bit pessimist about the output. Also there was a time that student fought with co-members because of misunderstandings.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Despite the power outage and limited internet connectivity, we uphold our dedication to our advocacies of  enhancing our marine environment through coral transplantation and  educating our fellow citizens through traditional and modern campaigns on the importance of environmental ownership.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This Cybefair project supports the emphasis of the school in promoting research among the students and in-line with the goals of fostering life-long environment-conscious learners. This is also an application of the the subject, Environmental Science.
The study is an important endeavor in restoring the quality and natural beauty of the marine ecosystem in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by increasing the marine biodiversity in the area and improving the quality of environment for present and future generations through coral transplantation.
Knowing that protecting the rehabilitated site will not be successful without the citizens’ help, awareness of the problem is needed to start a change. Awareness campaign on coral importance educates citizens to start caring. It aims to expand people’s knowledge and awareness on the social and environmental benefits of coral reefs, as well as various issues influencing coral survival.