CEZA conducts 'reeforestation' in Palaui Island
Palaui Island, Cagayan (15 June) -- To restore the ecological function of the coral reef in this island, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) has initiated the conduct of a 'reeforestation' project through coral transplantation, giant clam seeding and mangrove rehabilitation.
Ms. Chen Mensias, Tourism Planning Consultant of CEZA, said the reeforestation project aims to build the reefs and build lives of the fisherfolks by improving fishery, and to enhance recreation and tourism in the promising island.
Mensias said reeforestation project is an effective and practical way of preserving, protecting and maintaining coral reefs.
"Corals and giant clams have significant roles because they attract fishes and other marine lives to promote their reproduction and protection against any predators," Mensias explained.
She further stated that if the coral reefs are preserved and resources within it are protected, it will enhance tourism in the island and will help in boosting livelihood of the local communities in the island.
Tourism Regional Director Blessida Diwa, who joined and supervised the project, said reeforestation would help a lot in attracting tourists to come in the island.
Diwa said DOT has funded the project because it will surely help in promoting tourist destination in the province by marketing the snorkeling and scuba diving in the demo site.
"This project will surely add to the attraction of this tourist zone. The diving site would be the subject of interest of our tourists most especially the beautiful corals, school of fishes in different species and other marine lives that are equally beautiful with other diving sites or even more beautiful," Diwa said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Venchito Villarao of BFAR has assured that the giant clams, which were transplanted in the island, are red tide free because they were just gathered within Sta. Ana seas.
The group also conducted information and education campaign to the communities to protect the demo site and help in the preservation of the coral reefs and other tourist attractions in the area.
The project was a joint undertaking of CEZA, DOT, BFAR, Philippine Navy, Province of Cagayan, LGU-Sta. Ana, Palaui Environment Protectors Association, Marine Ecosystem Council Inc., Recreational Outdoor Exchange, Blue Water Consultancy, Earthbound Environmental Consulting and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (Ver/PIA-Cagayan) [top]