In line with the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2022, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kiamba on February 2, 2022 has planted 200 mangrove propagules and conducted a cleanup drive along the field office’s boardwalk, an ecotourism site located at Barangay Tinoto in Maasim town, Sarangani Province.
CENR Officer Abdul D. Cariga said that this year’s theme “Wetland Action for People and Nature” highlights the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for human and planetary health.
Forester Fredam P. Unabia, Development Management Officer IV of CENRO Kiamba, said that they held the activity in their boardwalk site in order to promote the site as one of the tourist spots within their jurisdiction.
The boardwalk, which was established 2020 along an old growth mangrove forest, has an approximate length of 100 meters with a viewing deck fronting the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape.
Stephany Kaye M. Hassan, chief of conservation and development section, said that they are aiming to organize the nearby community as partners in environmental protection and conservation.
“Once they are organized, they can avail a livelihood program like Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) and shall be given an opportunity to use the learning center located beside the boardwalk to market their products,” she added.
A memorandum of understanding shall yet to be signed between DENR, local government unit of Maasim, and the councils of Barangay Tinoto in order to materialize the plan.
The community near the boardwalk is tasked to conduct regular cleanup activities in the area and has been one of the participants during the information and education campaigns and coastal cleanups conducted by CENRO Kiamba.
During the cleanup drive, which was also participated by barangay officials headed by chairman Rajik Kudarat, a total of four sacks of plastic waste materials were gathered.
CENR Officer Cariga expressed his gratitude to the LGU and community for their participation in the event.
“We would like to thank LGU-Maasim through its MENRO headed by Ms. Alejandra Sison for donating to us the mangrove propagules used during the celebration of World Wetlands Day. We look forward for many environmental undertakings to be done in the Municipality of Maasim,” he said. (With report from Aileen D. Tenio, CENRO Kiamba Information Officer Designate) | Photos by Conservation and Development Section