Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have planted over 2,000 mangrove propagules in Misamis Oriental in a move to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy marine environment.
In a statement on Tuesday, April 13, the PCG said the local government officials already made an assurance that they will look after the the status of the mangrove propagules to ensure their successful growth.
“The activity is one of the regular initiatives of the PCG to protect El Salvador City against storm surges and promote a healthy marine environment,” the Coast Guard said.
Through the initiative of the PCG Auxiliary 1001st Squadron, PCG Station Western Misamis Oriental, and the local government unit (LGU) the mangrove propagules were planted in Barangay Sinuloc, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental on Sunday, April 11.
According to the environmental organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF), mangrove forests are home to a large variety of fish, which is an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities around the world.