DENR-Zambo Sur promotes mangrove, beach dev’t mgt. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:13

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Adelaida R. Borja encourages Local Government Units (LGUs) to prioritize the development and management of its remaining mangrove and beach forests.

Borja, together with Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) Serena Cabrera (Pagadian City) and Vitaliano Valdez, Jr. (Guipos, ZDS) and ZDS Local Environment and Natural Resources Officer (LENRO) Richard Ligan, visited the coastal municipalities of Tukuran, Labangan, Dinas, and the city of Pagadian to present the importance of the sea frontier to the LGUs and the coastal community.

“Rehabilitation of the sea frontier is a step towards climate change adaptation and will help mitigate storm surges during occurrences of typhoons, induce spawning grounds for fishes and other marine resources and serve as wind breaks,” said PENRO Borja. “It will also attract eco-tourism, which can generate revenue for the local government,” she added.

PENRO Borja urged CENROs Cabrera and Valdez to coordinate with Tukuran Municipal Mayor Francisvic S. Villamero, Labangan Municipal Vice-Mayor Jessie M. Abenes, Dinas Municipal Mayor Felecito Chavez, Pagadian City Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones, and Zamboanga del Sur Board Member Wilfredo Asoy to determine potentially viable areas for mangrove and forest beach development, conduct initial assessment on idle fishponds and abandoned areas for mangrove reversion and select mother beach forest trees.

Beach forest trees are tolerant to low nutrients, low water supply, strong winds and other harsh environmental conditions.

Furthermore, PENRO Borja sought for the support of the LGU and the People’s Organizations in the area for other DENR projects like the National Greening Program. — MT Denrix– RPAO)