- Category: Plans & Accomplishments
DENR-LGU Tacloban Launches Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in coordination with the local government unit of Tacloban City shall launch the Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project (Mangrove/Beach Forest Planting) on February 28, 2014 at barangay 69, Anibong, Tacloban City.
“The coastal-mangrove stand along Leyte Gulf was among the badly damaged structures by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” reveals Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He further explains the importance of bringing back the mangrove stands, emphasizing the crucial role these mangrove play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion and serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves.
Participating in the Launching Program and the subsequent mangrove planting activity are employees of the Eastern Visayas DENR Regional Office, its field offices in PENRO Leyte, CENRO Palo and CENRO Sta. Rita, together with the City of Tacloban and the barangay local government unit and residents of Barangay 69, Anibong.
The fast recovery of the damage on coastal-mangrove stands of Leyte Gulf is among the priority tasks of the DENR, even as national government, has allocated funds for the purpose. “For the year, around 38 million pesos has been earmarked for the Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Forest Plantation,” RED Sibbaluca discloses. Activities under this Project includes delineation and monumenting of easement areas (no-build zones), survey and assessment of proposed mangrove/beach forest plantation, nursery establishment, seedling production, project monitoring and supervision. These activities shall be carried out in the three provinces which were hardly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda: Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte.
“We are optimistic that with the active participation of the communities along the identified mangrove/coastal areas, we can bring back our mangrove/beach forest stands, which will ultimately be our protection against typhoons such as the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda,” RED Sibbaluca says./mgsucgang
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