More than 500 bikers on Sunday, February 28, 2021, rode their bicycles from General Santos City and planted various species of mangrove propagules in some mangrove forests of Alabel, Malapatan and Glan towns in Sarangani Province during the Bike and Plant Activity, the opening salvo of the celebration of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Week 2021.
DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Renato C. Domingo said that this year’s celebration of the SBPS Week also marks the silver anniversary of the seascape’s declaration as a protected area based of the Presidential Proclamation No. 756 signed on March 5, 1996 by then President Fidel V. Ramos
Community ENR Officer of General Santos City Ma. Elvira V. Lumayag said that the activity aimed to promote and ensure the protection and conservation of the Sarangani Bay, the only protected seascape in Region 12.
“The SBPS is abundant in various species of fish, corals, mangroves, sea grasses and marine mammals. Sarangani Bay is rich in biodiversity so we need to safeguard it,” CENRO Lumayag said.
Meanwhile, Joy C. Ologuin, protected area superintendent (PASu) of the SBPS, said that there will be an opening of an exhibit at the lobby of General Santos City Hall lobby that will run from March 1 to March 5.
“This exhibit will showcase the various products, programs and activities of several LGUs within the Sarangani Bay,” she said.
PASu Ologuin added that on March 5, the last day of SBPS Week celebration, there will be a simultaneous coastal clean-up that will be participated by all 68 coastal barangays within the protected seascape. ### | Photos by: MBFerolin & MBBimpolok