DENR LGU to rehabilitate Batangas mangroves


DENR LGU to rehabilitate Batangas mangroves

RD Juan

RD Juan Brgay Chairs

Batangas City LGU to rehabilitate mangroves. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan expounds on the DENR's efforts to protect and rehabilitate mangroves as well as the importance of mangroves as protection against storm surges considering that coastal Batangas is near the fault line, experiences earthquakes and is prone to storm surges during the workshop on "Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of Mangrove, Watershed and Waterways of Batangas City" held at the Sunrise Holiday Mansions in Tagaytay City on June 25-26, 2015 (left). The DENR Calabarzon chief expressed appreciation for the support of Batangas City Mayor Eduardo Dimacuha as represented by City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (City ENRO) Oliver Gonzales and the city's 30 Barangay Chairpersons with 15 in attendance and 15 represented by councilors (right photo), for their support.

The DENR Calabarzon chief further stressed that massive mangrove rehabilitation in Batangas province, in the whole region, and around the country, is being done as part of the National Greening Program. The DENR field office--PENRO and CENRO-- in Batangas will provide technical assistance to the city government and barangay local governments in the re-establishment or rehabilitation of some 26.5 hectares of mangroves and waterways in Tabangao Aplaya (2 hectares), Libjo (1), Malitam (1), Wawa (20), Cuta (1) and Sta Clara (0.5).

Juan stressed, "A rehabilitated mangrove forest will benefit all of us-- mangroves filter of wastes from the sea and from uplands. The mangroves are beneficial to the fishers particularly because of increased fish catch and improved marine habitat. And at this time of stronger typhoons, climate change and tsunamis, those living near the coastal areas where the mangroves were proven to have saved lives of some of those living near coastal areas from the storm surges when typhoon Yolanda battered the Visayas."

"Batangas City is on the right track for preparing for any eventuality. Rehabilitating the mangroves build up the city's buffer zones against possible storm surges, maintaining the mangroves assures the safety of the Batangueños of today and the next generations." he added.