Enhancements at MCP Base – Marine Conservation Philippines

Over the previous yr and half I’ve watched the MCP base change, mould and form into a spot to the place we will higher work and focus our conservation efforts in the direction of what’s essential, but in addition into a house away from residence for all of us dwelling at MCP.

These of you which were right here already would actually discover the variations in the event you noticed it. When you’ve got not been right here but, you’ll completely love and respect the comforts and workspace we now have created.

So I’m going to separate this weblog into the totally different areas and provide the low down on modifications I’ve seen over the past yr and half.


This Christmas we have been in a position, for the primary time, to ALL slot in whereas cooking Christmas dinner hehe! That was 20 individuals, glazing the ham, peeling the spuds, stirring the gravy, brewing the mulled wine… It was spectacular.

The kitchen has been refurbished into probably the best place on base to relax, have a espresso and to make a snack. I’ve even began cooking just a little (these of you who know me, know that I don’t prepare dinner)!The MCP kitchen seen from inside the hex

Surfaces are stainless-steel or tiled and we now have two storerooms, One for cleansing necessities, clear towels and sheets, and one for all our great components for our incredible cooks Melba, Bernard and Joan to organize. Helle’s severe organizational expertise has ensured that the beans, corn, chickpeas, jalepeños and many others are all so as. (Presumably even alphabetically hehehe!). There’s sufficient house to DANCE within the kitchen. We even have a second flooring above the kitchen, we nonetheless don’t have any plans of it’s use, however for some time it held a litter of puppies that somebody had anonymously dumped at base, hoping we might give them good houses (we’ve discovered good households for all 9 by the best way!) however probably it might be just a little studying nook. Any concepts, do tell us.


Think about looking into open forest, listening to the birds whistling in within the morning, the crickets chirping at night time and with a cool breeze coming by way of the branches. That is principally what you see, hear and really feel looking from the brand new classroom window. Constructed behind the Hex, above two employees rooms, is the brand new very spacious, open classroom with vast, glass, french doorways dealing with out into the arboretum. If there may be anyplace you need to have a presentation with an enormous vast display television, or do some quiet research, that is the PLACE!

The desk is a large concrete masterpiece, good for planning deep dives with a floor which you can write with chalk throughout. Who says you want a blackboard! (which we additionally truly do have). Plus, there’s a bonus… these of you that would love just a little little bit of alone time from sleeping within the dorms, there may be even a loft with two beds, good for a little bit of privateness. With a rest room, kettle, tea and low, there may be probably no higher place to get up.

THE COSY ROOM (The previous classroom)

These of you which were right here, this little spot was the previous classroom and research. Surrounded by timber a bit farther from the kitchen and hex we now have “The Sq.” or now extra generally often called the cosy room (and that’s precisely what it’s, cosy). With a large display to look at documentaries or late night time films, beanbags, hammocks, a day mattress and little espresso tables, surrounded by little inexperienced succulents, that is the loveliest place to hang around, calm down, have some quiet time and a spot to actually put your ft up after a busy day of diving!



We now have beds of tomatoes, pechay (leafy inexperienced), cabbage, eggplant, pineapple, papaya all rising behind the kitchen. Its been very thrilling watching the little sprouts develop and shortly hopefully, and we now have already harvested as soon as. Our intention is to be much more sustainable.


When you’ve got been right here lately, we all know we now have FRESH eggs each day! Our hens have their coop (Chick Inn) behind the kitchen with an enormous pen to roam round in, and they’re fortunately laying round 30 eggs per day. After you’ve made a cup of espresso at breakfast you possibly can then go and accumulate a heat contemporary egg (with out even being pecked if you’re a bit hen savvy) and prepare dinner your self an omelette. Can’t get higher than that, proper?


Divemaster trainees, you’ll in all probability be the HAPPIEST to listen to we now have two huge compressors, providing full redundancy and tremendous charged filling time. Are you able to imagine it? Now your time spent charging tanks is brief! You’ll even be completed in dinner time. It’s additionally been fairly spectacular what number of volunteers have an interest and find yourself doing the PADI fuel blender course. (I’m blaming the brand new setup, it’s fairly snazzy).


Since our great intern Amy Slack arrange our recycling unit to segregate trash from our seashore and dive clear ups to have the ability to recycle as a lot as doable, we’ve now upgraded and may recycle much more of our findings, from bottle caps to previous textiles. Our chooks in fact feast on most of our meals leftovers, and we compost for all the opposite scraps of meals.

And eventually… THE MONSTER TRUCK (Form of ☺)

We’ve got a brand new truck, one which has even a television! Sure, I stated it… whenever you reverse you possibly can truly see the place you’re going hehehe. This truck is being modified by our great upkeep employees to organize it for lengthy vary expeditions. Thrilling occasions forward…

So total, there was plenty of little BIG modifications at base to permit your keep to be as snug as doable, really feel at residence assist your conservation efforts be as productive as doable.

Hope you get an opportunity to come back expertise these modifications, and people of you which have already been right here, hope to see you all again right here quickly,

Sending ALL the love,

Your volunteer coordinator,
Aoibheann (EFIN)

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