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Iloilo capitol to celebrate 'Fiesta sa Kakahuyan' by planting 10,000 mangrove seedlings

ILOILO CITY, Sept. 18 — The Iloilo provincial government will celebrate the yearly “Fiesta sa Kakahuyan” by planting 10,000 mangrove seedlings along the coastal road from the boundary of Iloilo City to Dumangas town in the fourth district of the province.

“Fiesta sa Kakahuyan” is an annual festival where Ilonggo people give importance to the preservation of the forest and do massive tree planting activity while having a luncheon picnic.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., in his press conference Thursday morning, said that the event will be held this year along the coastal road.

The Fiesta sa Kakahuyan was conceptualized by Gov. Defensor several years ago and was first held at the Maasin Watershed in Maasin town where capitol employees bringing their families along plant seedlings in order to help preserve the watershed which is source of the distributed potable water of residents of Iloilo province and city.

This year, the governor said that it will be held along the coastal road which is susceptible to storm surge so that the mangroves would serve as protection.

The provincial government during the activity will be providing seedlings and other needed materials for the mangrove planting of participants. (PNA)

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