LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “We do this not only for the present generation, but also for the future generations of Pangasinan.”
This was bared by Governor Amado I. Espino, III as he led hundreds of participants in planting over 3,500 mangrove seedlings and distribution of 35,500 mangrove seedlings at Bolinao Provincial Mangrove Information Center and Nursery in Barangay Arnedo, Bolinao on January 30.
Grateful over the great number of participating volunteers present, Gov. Pogi pointed out the essence of tree-planting to seeding good characters of the youth for the future generation.
“Sana maging malalim pa ang kahulugan ng ating pagtatanim…hindi lang pagtatanim ng bakawan at mga puno sa kabundukan kundi magtanim din sana tayo ng magagandang asal na pwedeng bitbitin ng mga sumusunod na henerasyon,” Gov. Pogi said.
Stressing the 60-70% mortality rate of planted mangroves, Gov. Pogi urged the participants, especially, the youth, to propagate and sustain this reforestation project at least twice a year.
The provincial chief executive also disclosed another platform of the provincial government through the OPAg to backstop this greening endeavor and to catapult the ‘environment warriors’ in preserving the mangroves.
“Gagawa po kami ng incentive program para po sa inyo,” Gov. Pogi added as he urged the participants to guard the wonders of nature.
Based on the report of the Provincial Agriculture Office, a total of 589,300 mangrove seedlings were propagated and distributed in an area of around 89.0 hectares and 120 linear kilometers of coastal areas and riverbanks since 2008.
According to Provincial Agriculturist OIC Dalisay Moya, these beds of mangrove trees serve as breeding grounds ‘of fishes and, barriers against storm surges and typhoons. They also address soil erosion problem and alleviate the growing effects of climate change.
To ensure high survival of the previously-planted mangroves, participants removed the entangled seaweeds locally known as “aragan” which causes destruction on the plant.
After the tree-planting activity, Gov. Pogi led the distribution of mangrove seedlings to 17 schools and other recipient groups, including: Mona Elementary School (Alaminos City) – 2,000 seedlings; Sabangan Rural Workers (Alaminos City) – 2,500 seedlings; Telbang Barangay Council (Alaminos City) – 2,500; Telbang National High School (Alaminos City) – 3,500; Carot Barangay Council (Anda) – 2,000; Macando-candong Barangay Council (Anda) – 2,000; Mal-ong Barangay Council (Anda) – 2,000; Tori-tori Barangay Council (Anda) – 2,000; Bani East Integrated School (Bani) – 500;
Timpuyog ti Babasit a Mangalap ti Dewey (Bolinao) – 3,500; Dewey Barangay Council (Bolinao) – 2,000; Bolinao School of Fisheries (Bolinao) – 2,500; Eguia National High School (Dasol) – 2,500; Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Poblacion East (Sual) – 2,000; Poblacion Barangay Council (Labrador) – 1,000; Fishermen’s Pride of Laois Association (Labrador) – 1,000; and Small Anchor Fishermen’s Association (San Fabian) – 2,000.
In total, 35,500 mangrove seedlings produced from the Bolinao Provincial Mangrove Nursery were awarded to fisherfolk associations, barangay councils, schools and other partner groups to further intensify advocacies centered on nature and coastal preservation.
At the end of the program, a coastal resource seminar was conducted for grades V, VI and VII students aimed at increasing their awareness in coastal resource management (CRM).
Also present during the program were Bolinao Mayor Arnold D. Celeste, Anda Mayor Aldrin C. Cerdan, OPAG OIC Dalisay A. Moya, Asst. Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Batalla, Provincial Information Officer Orpheus M. Velasco, Bolinao Chief of Police Joseph Mark Sibayan, Bolinao Community Hospital Chief Dr. Genevieve S. Rivera officials from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coastguard, schools and barangays.
The mangrove tree-planting activity is a project of the provincial government of Pangasinan in support of the CRM which started under the stint of former Governor and now 5th district representative Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr and is continuously preserved and further expanded by Gov. Pogi.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman
MANGROVE TREE-PLANTING ACTIVITY. Governor Amado I. Espino, III, (left photo) leads over 500 volunteer students, barangays, municipal officials and some provincial employees in planting 3,500 mangrove seedlings as part of the coastal resource management (CRM) program of the Provincial Government held at the Bolinao Provincial Mangrove Information Center and Nursery in Barangay Arnedo, Bolinao on January 30. Governor Espino and Bolinao Mayor Arnold D. Celeste flash the Pangasinan number 1 with some of the participants of the reforestation activity which aims to protect the environment and to enhance fishery production. /SMDG (Photos by JPO/MVS)