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Massive mangrove planting eyed in Iloilo coastal towns

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 31 — The provincial government will now direct its massive mangrove plantation program in coastal towns of Iloilo following the successful province-wide tree planting activity last month.

According to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., the planting of mangrove will be component of his ART (Action for Re-greening and Transformation) program to help restore the natural resources in the province.

At present, there is an existing mangrove plantation in Brgy. Pidada, Ajuy, Iloilo which is under the project of London Zoological Society in tie-up with municipality of the Ajuy and provincial government.

Defensor said he already ordered the release of P700,000 as counterpart of the province in the implementation of the mangrove project.

The governor added that mangrove seedlings from Ajuy will be planted to other coastal areas in the province.

Meanwhile, Defensor is hoping that the next Visayan Sea Summit will be held in Iloilo after the fruitful summit in Bacolod City first week of August.

The governor said some important agenda to be tackled are the banning of "hulbot-hulbot" or fishing vessel engaged in illegal fishing, giving priority on identified marine sanctuaries, and 50-50 percent counterpart scheme between the Iloilo provincial government and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on mangrove reforestation project. (PNA)

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