By Celeste Anna R. Formoso
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, June 17 (PNA) -– More than 30,000 mangrove seedlings and propagules were planted early Friday morning on the shores of the southern Palawan town of Brooke’s Point to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the “Pista ng Kalikasan.”
The mass planting was led by the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of the Palawan government in Barangay Calasaguen, Brooke’s Point in the southern part of the province.
ENRO chief Atty. Noel Aquino said the mangrove planting activity was in cooperation with the local government unit of the said town and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).
The Pista ng Kalikasan, he said, is continuously being implemented on the shores of Palawan in different towns annually as indicated in Ordinance No. 1296-13 or the “Environmental Code of Palawan.”
It is also Executive Order No. 23, Series of 2011, that aims to conserve and protect Palawan as it is a “Mangrove Swamp and Forest Reserve” in the country.
Aquino believes that out of the mangrove propagules and seedlings planted, 75 percent will have a chance of survival to provide new spawning areas for marine life and other wildlife species.
The mass mangrove planting event was attended by employees of the municipal government of Brooke’s Point, the academe, the military, non-government organizations, civic organizations, the business sector, and students of Brooke’s Point and other nearby municipalities.
”Pista ng Kalikasan” is actually celebrated on June 19. It is an annual event that started in 1994 in Palawan. (PNA)