As part of the implementation of the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), PENRO Cavite facilitated a lecture and meeting to the Local Government Unit of Naic. It was held on September 21, 2021 at  the Conference Hall of the DENR PENRO Cavite Office Building. It was spearheaded by PENR Officer Januel R. Peras with  the assistance from the Staff and personnel of Coastal and Marine Management Unit (CMMU) of this Office. The activity primarily aims to disseminate information about mangrove conservation and protection, specifically the notion of mangrove propagation and nursery establishment.

It was participated-in by twenty (20) participants comprised of  nine (9) males and eleven (11) females from the Municipal Agriculture Office of Naic and PENRO Cavite personnel.

During the lecture, Forester Ariane Mugol discussed the status of Mangrove Ecosystems in the Province of Cavite and the common mangrove species found in the province particularly the Rhizophora sp. (Bakauan); Avicennia sp, (Api-api); and Sonneratia alba (Pagatpat).  She also talked about the predictable and discrete ordering of mangrove species based on its unique intertidal environment, known as the mangrove species zonation.

DMO II Andrea A. Panganiban delivered the lecture on proper mangrove species collection and propagation specifically on Rhizophora, Avicennia, and Sonneratia alba species. Moreover, she discussed the procedures and site considerations on the establishment of a mangrove nursery and the process on how to collect mangrove species from its natural habitat prior to transplanting in seedbags.      

Chief Technical Services Division - Reynaldo A. Belen expressed his extensive gratitude to the LGU of Naic towards coastal and marine conservation initiatives. He said “lubos kaming nagpapasalamat sa LGU Naic, partikular sa Municipal Agriculture Office sapagkat kahit Pandemic ay narito upang matuto ukol sa mangrove conservation and protection. Nawa’y maraming kayong matutunan sa araw na ito”.

Furthermore, PENRO Peras emphasized how vital the mangrove ecosystem in harboring the coastal communities, as he said “Not all coastal cities/municipalities have mangroves, kaya mapalad ang mga bayan na may mga bakawan sapagkat mayroon ng protekta o barrier sa mga bagyo. Kaya sana protektahan at mapagyabong pa ang bakawanan sa inyong lugar.”

Moreover, health and safety measures against COVID-19 were properly observed and practiced during the activity.

We encourage the general public to take actions and be part of the solution contributory to environmental protection and conservation. Our simple ways of helping the environment could have an extensive ripple effect when we do it consistently.