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Community-based rehab of forest and communities affected by Yolanda kicks off in Leyte

PALO, Leyte, Aug. 14 — Today marked another milestone in as far as reconstruction activities in line with Yolanda are concerned with the launching of the community-based rehabilitation of forest and communities that suffered the wrath of the super typhoon in Leyte.

Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation Inc. executive director, Atty. Jose Andres A. Canivel said that they decided to start with their intervention after the immediate need for relief has ended.

He stressed that their foundation believes that it is not only the physical and human infrastructure that need rehabilitation but also natural infrastructure in which Leyte is very rich.

Today’s activity took off with the opening of a nursery to house some 10,000 mangrove seedlings at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS)-Eastern Visayas campus. The mangrove seedlings are expected to be planted in some 1,000 square meter area as initial target.

“The main purpose here is to rehabilitate Leyte and Samar by planting seedlings, especially in the coastal areas,” said campus director Reynaldo B. Garnace.

Garnace said that the foundation has provided them with P100,000 initial funds in addition to the capacity building that will be extended to them in line with the nursery establishment.

The seedlings he said will be sold to local government units (LGUs) or through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as income generating project (IGP) or as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) if there is a need to support and organization.

The nursery launching was followed by a ceremonial beach planting of mangroves at the MacArthur Landing Memorial in Candahug, Palo.

Adding color to the event was the presence of former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Derrick Alston and Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) legend Allison Feaster.

PSHS also received book donation and two basketball balls from the United States government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (PNA)

LAP/PGLENA/EGR

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