A total budget of Php 10,635,000.00 was released to the seven municipalities in the province of Aklan that will embark on mangrove rehabilitation after signing their respective Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, recently.
Mangroves, which serve as buffer zones in times of natural phenomena such as storm surges, tsunami, tidal waves and typhoons, are strengthened to protect the coastal communities in the province of Aklan. Most of them are damaged by super typhoon Yolanda late last year.
The seven municipalities in the province of Aklan that will conduct a massive mangrove rehabilitation are the following: Batan with 45.528 has.; Kalibo, 54.058 has.; Makato, 21.138 has.; New Washington, 81.809 has.; Ibajay, 36.389; Nabas, 18.776 has.; Tangalan, 33.560 has. Over all, the province has a total of 291.258 hectares for mangrove rehabilitation and are categorized by the following development scheme: mangrove with 124.74 has.; mangrove enrichment with 41.97 has.; and beach forest with 131.859 has.
“Our people’s organizations have already established and are now maintaining their respective nursery operation activities. Quality planting materials will be ready for planting by August to September this year,” said PENR Officer Ivene Reyes of DENR-Aklan.
“We are now feeling the effects of climate change. It’s time we do something together to rehabilitate our mangrove forests. In doing so, we protect not only the seas and the coastal zones but we also preserve the lives of our people among coastal communities. DENR alone cannot do this gigantic job and that is why through the National Greening Program, we enjoin the participation of all stakeholders,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.