Rehabilitating the environment one mangrove at a time
Volunteers from Shell, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Philippine Business for Social Progress, the local government unit, and local residents joined the second mangrove planting activity on May 23, 2017 in Brgy. Cagay, Roxas City as part of Shell's Yolanda rehabilitation programme. A total of 725 propagules of Miyapi were planted.
Out of the 10,300 Bakhaw propagules planted in June 2016, only 32% survived. According to PDRF, Bakhaw was probably not suitable in the area so a new species of mangrove (Miyapi) was introduced.
Andrew Dela Cruz, resident of Brgy. Cagay and member of Palina River Development Association (PARIDA), said, “Malaking tulong ang mangroves. Kapag lumaki, nagsisilbing source ng ecotourism. Kami mismong mga miyembro ng PARIDA, asosasyon ng mangingisda, kumikita kasi may trabaho. Dumadami ang isda kapag may mangrove. Proteksyon din ito laban sa masamang panahon katulad ng Yolanda. (Mangroves are a big help. When they grow, they become a source of ecotourism. We, members of PARIDA, association of fishermen, earn because there is livelihood. The number of fish increase where there’s mangrove. This is also protection against calamities like Yolanda.)”
By Marah Villanueva
Article published on PSFI news magazine October 2017 issue
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