𝐊𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐃𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partner stakeholders have joined forces on Wednesday (July 27) to safeguard the mangrove ecosystems in Sarangani Province and General Santos City in line with this year’s celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem.
The annual celebration resulted to the extraction of 68.62 kilograms of non-biodegradable waste materials consist of plastics, disposable diapers, styrofoams, plastic bottles, packaging materials, fishing nets/gears, food wrappers, rubbers, and clothing, of which 48.62 kilos were collected at Purok 6, Barangay Kawas, Alabel led by DENR-PENRO Sarangani while 20 kilos were accumulated at Sitio Linao, Barangay Tinoto in Maasim town led by CENRO Kiamba.
A total of 100 mangrove propagules were also planted at Sitio Linao while 100 mangrove seedlings were bagged at Sitio Linao in Barangay Tinoto to ensure their availability for future mangrove planting activities.
In General Santos City, the DENR-12 Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section under the Conservation and Development Division and DENR-CENRO Gensan led the extraction of 1,015 kilos of non-biodegradable waste materials at the Zone Six Small Fishermen Association Mangrove Ecopark in Barangay Bula.
The DENR was joined by participants from Kawas Boundary Fishermen and Farmer’s Association (KBFFA), PNP, Philippine Maritime, Philippine Coast Guard, Gensan City ENRO, Zone Six Small Fishermen Association (ZSSFA), Academe and KIDLIKASAN, and communities.
The International Day for Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem aims to raise awareness of the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses. They serve as breeding grounds and nursery habitats for diverse marine fauna and play a pivotal role in supporting rich biodiversity. Mangrove ecosystem also acts as highly effective carbon sinks that help in mitigating the effects of climate change. (With reports and photos from PENRO Sarangani and CENROs Kiamba and Gensan)
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