Calamba City, Laguna – In line with the celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem last July 26, DENR CALABARZON Regional and Field Offices held various activities to promote conservation and protection of our mangrove forests.

To kick off its celebration, Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cavite, conducted a coastal clean-up and mangrove tree planting activity last July 24, in San Rafael IV, Noveleta, Cavite. A total of 27 kilos of trash were collected and 100 propagules of Rhizophora species were planted during the said activity.

On the same day, CENRO Calaca also conducted mangrove tree planting and coastal clean-up at Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. A total of 50 propagules of Kalapinay (Avicennia sp.) and Saging-saging (Aegiceras sp.) were planted and a total of 10 sacks of trash were collected during the activity. An Information, Education, Communication (IEC) Campaign about mangroves was also conducted.

Mangrove tree planting and clean-up activity conducted by CENRO Calaca

On July 26, PENRO Quezon with CENRO Tayabas planted 100 Bakauan Bato at the Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest at Brgy. Palsabangon, Pagbilao, Quezon. CENRO Catanauan, on the other hand, has also conducted mangrove tree planting and coastal clean-up at Brgy. Matandang Sabang Kanluran, Catanauan, Quezon.

Mangrove tree planting activity conducted by PENRO Quezon

To further inform the public on the importance of the conservation of mangroves, DENR CALABARZON conducted various radio interviews. Lipa CENR Officer Januel Peras talked about the Real-Infanta Mangrove Forest in Quezon Province. During the interview, CENRO Peras emphasized the interconnectivity between mangroves and other forms of life. “Ang relasyon ng mangrove species sa kabuhayan ng tao ay yung interconnectivity, kung saan bawat halaman, bawat klase ng nilalang sa mundo mayroon itong another life na sinusuportahan” he said.

Another radio interview focusing on the celebration of World Mangrove Day, the importance and status of mangroves within the Region were discussed by OIC Chief, CDD, Ramil Gutierrez.

DENR CALABARZON has also published a series of digital posters on their Official Facebook page (@DENR4AOfficial) that may be used as a guide to a proper mangrove planting activity. ###