Save the environment! 15K mangrove seedlings planted in Cebu town

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At least 15,000 mangrove seedlings were planted in a Cebu town during the annual Run 2 Plant last Saturday, September 9.

The mangrove seedlings were planted in Barangay Guinsay, Danao City by the Capitol and Danao City Hall employees, private stakeholders as well as military and police personnel who enjoyed a 3.3-km fun run first before planting the mangrove seedlings in the shoreline of the said barangay.

“We’re trying to help conserve the environment and at the same time, promote our well-being (through running),” Anthony Dinagdice, representative of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. said in a statement.

Run 2 Plant is now on its seventh year but this is first time mangroves were planted for the activity.

“Mangroves have more carbon dioxide absorption capacity, and are great barrier for huge waves especially during typhoons,” Alona Villarojo, Forest Management Services of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office said.

Two species of mangroves were planted: A grey and white mangrove avicennia marina donated by a private company and rhizophora locally known as tongki.

Romel Kirit, Coastal Resource Management of PENRO, said that the office purchased the propagules for P12 each from fishermen trained by the provincial environment office on how to grow mangrove seedlings.

“PENRO has been training these fisherfolk on how to propagate mangrove seedlings. This serves as their other source of income aside from fishing,” Kirit said.

Kirit assured that PENRO will be closely monitoring the mangrove seedlings planted to ensure high survival rate.