ALAMINOS CITY—Couples who recently tied the knot in the Kasalang Bayan (mass wedding) here on February 13 held a reunion on February 27 to plant mangrove propagules in Barangay Bued in the city, the home of the famous Hundred Islands National Park.
Lovely Milles, city civil registrar, said the 116 newly-wed couples, wearing event t-shirts trooped to the Mangrove Propagation Center in Barangay Bued.
Of the 116 couples, two are foreigners, a Nigerian and an American grooms married to Alaminian brides.
“This is their important contribution for the environment to support the advocacy of Mayor Arthur Celeste,” she said.
Milles said the requirement for couples availing themselves of the Kasalang Bayan program to plant was started two years ago under the Celeste administration with the planting of fruit-bearing trees at the Core Shelter Assistance Project in Barangay Lucap.
Last year, it was held at the Mangrove Propagation Center in Bued.
A video presentation about the importance of mangrove planting was shown to the participants prior to the planting activity for them to understand better the benefits of mangroves.
After the activity, the couples received their respective copies of their signed marriage certificate as registered with the City Registrar’s Office.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview, Arceli Talania, city agriculturist, pointed out that
mangrove forests are important not only because these serve as home to a large variety of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusk specie, but because they protect shorelines from damaging storm, strong wind and waves, as well as help, prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems.
She said mangroves also filter pollutants from the ocean.
The city has mangrove nurseries in Barangays Bued and Sabangan that produce 10,000 mangrove seedlings annually. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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