Edward L. Tan
With the permission from our supportive partner City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) –Gensan led by Enp. Allan D. Marcilla, MSDS, Acting Department Head, another mangrove planting activity was conducted last August 25, 2019, which started from 6am to 9am at Purok Minanga, Buayan, General Santos City. It was spearheaded by the Safety, Health and Environment Committee (SHEC) in collaboration with GRIEDISH Committee and other non-committee members of TEMPHIL Group.
Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea. These extraordinary ecosystems contribute to the well-being, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide. Thus, the goal of this activity is to support the rich biodiversity that provides a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans and also to protect shorelines from damaging storms, floods, waves and erosion.
A total of 39 volunteers from TEMPHIL Group, CENRO and Purok Minanga Association had participated in the said activity. Through the collaboration and group effort, they were able to plant a total of 200 mangrove seedlings.
Roberto Dalisay — Minanga Association Maintenance, said that he was very grateful for always choosing Minanga as the mangrove planting site among many other barangays in General Santos City which are also offshore sites that are best for mangrove planting.
This initiative further signifies the commitment of the management to its environment by showing concern and love for nature.