ILOILO – Over a thousand volunteers from all walks of life will plant 30,000 mangrove propagules in this province during the celebration of Piyesta sa Kakahuyan on September 27.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Vice Governor Raul Tupas will lead the ceremonial planting of 5,000 seedpods in Barangay Ermita, Dumangas from 8:00-10:00 am.
At the same time, other volunteers will also plant the rest of the mangroves in Brgy. Embarcadero, Batad (2,000 seedlings), Brgy. Nabitasan, Leganes (2,500), Brgy. Luca, Ajuy (3,000), Brgy. Tubigan, Zarraga (5,000) and Brgy. Poblacion, San Dionisio (10,000).
The mangroves in these seven coastal areas will be maintained by the Barangay Service Point Officers under the Action for Re-greening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation (ART for CCA).
According to the governor, all of the project sites are susceptible to storm surges and once the mangroves are fully grown, the plants will serve as seawall.
In other words, those mangroves will someday cushion the impact of strong waves and eventually protect the community living near the coast, he explained.
He mentioned, for example, what happened to the residents of Molocaboc Island in Sagay City, Negros Occidental during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 2013.
The mangroves surrounding the island withstand the violent waves and winds. If not for the mangroves, the residents would have suffered more.
The ART for CCA aims to plant 1.5-million trees and 500,000 mangroves this year. To date, only 22, 678,818 trees have been planted throughout the province. More active citizens are needed reach the desired goal. #2014News