TO carry out efforts on resource protection and management, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan headed by Governor Amado I. Espino III led the mangrove tree planting held on January 31 at the Bolinao Fish Farm Foreshore Area in Barangay Arnedo.
The tree planting was a flagship program of the former governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and is continued by the current administration.
“We will establish a mangrove forest to provide a breeding ground for various fish species,” said Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya stating the importance of mangroves in coastal areas.
It can be noted that mangrove forests also serve as protection against tidal surge and help in carbon sink which counteracts the effects of climate change.
Currently, there are a total of 170, 125 mangrove seedlings planted in an area of about 30.83 hectares and 12.15 linear kilometers in the province. Around 259,000 mangrove seedlings are also produced under the mangrove seedling production and reforestation project.
Along with the tree planting activity is the awarding of mangrove seedlings, fishery paraphernalia, and other project assistance o fisherfolks in support to the Coastal Resource Management and Food Production program of the provincial government.
In addition, the distributed materials aim to sustain the livelihood projects of fisherfolks.
Fifty-two thousand seedlings were distributed to 16 associations, barangay councils, and schools. Nineteen associations also received a total of 600 units of gill nets. The provincial government also distributed eight units of chest freezers.
Leading the event were Governor Amado I. Espino III, Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, First District Board Member Margielou Orange Humilde-Versoza, Bolinao Mayor Alfonso Celeste, and Anda Mayor Joganie Rarang. /Paula Jhea Sison
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