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DENR, PKI, Jasaan rehabilitate degraded mangrove areas

Cagayan de Oro City (17 February) -- For the first time a private firm has linked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 10 and the local government of Jasaan, in the province of Misamis Oriental for the rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas.

This was made possible after the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by Pilipinas Kao, Inc. (PKI), DENR 10, local government unit (LGU) of Jasaan with barangays Luz Banzon and Solana.

The signing of the agreement was one of the highlights during the celebration of World Wetlands Day on February 2 with the theme, "Caring for Wetlands: an answer to climate change."

The MOA was signed by DENR Regional Executive Director Maximo O. Dichoso, Jasaan municipal councilor Rodenio Zayas representing Mayor Redentor Jardin, Junichi Ishikawa of PKI, Barangay Chairpersons Bene Pagaspas and Anecito Pacaņa.

As an initial activity, some 1,000 mangrove propagules were planted in the coastal area by the officials and employees of PKI, Jasaan LGU, barangay officials from Solana and Luz Banzon.

Director Dichoso welcomed the new partnership of DENR with PKI and Jasaan LGU.

He is thankful that the rehabilitation of mangrove areas is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project of the company. Under the agreement, DENR shall provide technical assistance to the project.

Councilor Zayas, meanwhile, said the LGU is supportive of the project. Hence, he called on barangay officials of Luz Banzon and Solana's help in the realization of the project.

For his part, Florentin Padayhag, Vice President and Resident Head for Plant Operations of PKI revealed that the company is pursuing the project to restore in part the biodiversity of the coastal areas of Solana and Luz Banzon.

He said that the company had this project before but it was a failure since they planted mangroves by themselves.

He is optimistic that with the support of DENR, LGU of Jasaan and barangays Solana and Luz Banzon the project will be beneficial not only for the company but also the surrounding communities.

Meanwhile, officials and students of the Capitol University (CU), local government unit of El Salvador City and other sectors joined the mangrove planting to celebrate World Wetlands Day at Taytay, El Salvador City.

It was gathered that CU under President Casimiro Juarez, Jr., DENR, religious sector, and LGU of El Salvador City and other stakeholders are pursuing Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) to achieve sustainability at the coastal areas of Taytay, El Salvador City.

World Wetlands Day was also highlighted with lectures on wetland conservation at Molugan National High School and Taytay Elementary School in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.

The DENR team also conducted lectures for students at Opol National High School in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Likewise, tarpaulins/streamers on the significance of the celebration were posted in different schools in the city.

As part of the DENR in-house information campaign, a brief lecture on the importance of World Wetlands Day 2010 was conducted during the Monday Convocation on February 1. (RPAO 10) [top]

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