At least 500 mangrove seedlings planted in Davao City

Published May 4, 2021, 10:50 AM

by Richa Noriega

Some 500 mangrove seedlings were planted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) members to protect and ensure the sustainability of coastal communities in Davao City.

(Photo courtesy of the PCG)

Through the marine environmental protection initiative of the PCG Auxiliary 817.3 Division and Royal Davao Eagles Club (RDEC), the mangrove seedlings were planted at a 3,000 square meter mangrove forest in Barangay Lasang, Davao City on Sunday, May 2.

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“Mangroves play a vital role in our marine biodiversity and it is our duty to amplify the importance of this natural resource to our stakeholders. We need their commitment to protect it and ensure its sustainability,” PCG District Southeastern Mindanao Commander Commodore Allan Corpuz said in a statement.

“Mangroves are biodiversity hotspots, acting as nurseries for fishes. They also help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon above and below the ground, shielding coastal communities from intense storms,” he added.

Corpuz said a total of 14 sacks of non-biodegradable waste materials were also collected during the activity.

The environmental organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that planting mangroves helps prevent coastal damage from hurricanes and typhoons.