The Tanjay City government, together with non-government organizations, conducted a massive sea reforestation of mangroves adjacent to the sprawling boardwalk in Barangay San Isidro, Tanjay City recently.
Negros Oriental ROTC Association of Corps Commanders, headed by its president Alfred Guath came up with the idea after noticing the receding shoreline due to the destruction of the existing seaforest due to local folk using it for firewood and lumber.
To date, 150,000 mangrove seedlings called propagules have been planted, with some already measuring six feet, a press release said.
After presenting the problem and proposed solution to the city, a partnership was forged between the two groups with the city allocating an initial 10 hectares of its northern shores for mangrove planting.
The NORACC mobilized its troops and started to plant on the first hectare with 10,000 seedlings planted in a grid of one meter by one meter using its own resources.
Tanjay City, through its protected area rangers led by Danilo Saycon, planted a hectare with 10,000 mangroves.
The Friends of Earth and Mangroves Sea Grasses Vital Synergy planted 10,000 mangroves per group, bringing the total mangroves planted to 40,000 within 12 months, covering four hectares.
The press release from NORACC said that they were able to plant an additional 20,000 mangroves each, making a total of 120,000 trees planted since the project started, thus compelling Tanjay City to add an extra 10 hectares more for the endeavor.
Tanjay Mayor Reynaldo Concepcion said that he was touched by the commitment of the volunteers, called them stewards of the planet and commended them all for a job well done.
After a short program, he awarded the participating groups with certificates of appreciation upon the recommendation of City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Antonio Castillo, who has monitored the project since its inception.
City Tourism supervising officer Antonio Felix Villegas assisted in the awarding and said that the benefit of the project is immense and will become another ecotourism attraction in Tanjay.*RG
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