Monday, April 27, 2009

the waterworld island Dawahon part 2

continued from the waterworld island of Danahon, part 1 in colloidfarl.blogspot.com

It was my second time in Dawahon. I was there three or four years ago but did not really get off from the boat as time was not on our side. This time though we left quite early at 7:30AM so by about 10:30, we already were pulling into the small speck of an island.
clear waters
the clear emerald and aqua waters in Dawahon


With seaweed cultivation in full swing this summer, the island looks like Leyte’s version of the water world. Farm houses and drying platforms of various make and sizes, from small bamboo affairs not more than 20 meter square to large 400 square meter platforms made of concrete have mushroomed around the periphery that Dawahon probably has grown twice in land area. Such is reclamation Dawahon-style.

Danahon Island "highway"
Dawahon’s only “highway” which connects the two sitio’s or villages

rainwater collectors
Dawahon has no groundwater source so rain water is collected in receptacles like these giant concrete jars. Potable water is available from a local desalination plant set up by an entrepreneur.


Dawahon, the island is quite dense. Officially a barangay of Bato, Leyte, it has a population of 2,000 spread over 2 villages or sitios, namely Fatima and Sto Nino. Each sitio has its own chapel (which means a different fiesta for each) and basketball court (which makes intra-island games possible).

barangay chapel
The chapel of Sitio Fatima at the western end of the highway


A short tour around the island definitely reveals that its main source of livelihood is seaweed. Fishing now has become a secondary industry. In every corner, seaweed is either being dried, tied, cleaned or weighed. These are well and good. It means that I have all the reasons to come back.

boat and the seaweed
a typical bamboo platform for seaweed collection and drying in Dawahon

harvest
seaweed harvest is transported from the farms to the platforms in motorized boats

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3 comments:

Bong dela Fuente said...

hello farley, nice to meet you here :-) beautiful blog

Farl said...

Hi Anthony, good to see you drop by too! salamat!

Anonymous said...

Dawahon is really an amazing place..but sad to think that it was not taken cared..waste management is not good...making the island dirty...
the island and the reef have the great potential to be developed as an ecotourism site that would help generate income for the locales...




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