About four hundred (400) miyapi wildlings were planted within the mangrove area of Brgy. Himbangan, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte during the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-San Juan in celebration of the Word Wetlands Day 2023.

More than a hundred volunteers joined the event including elements from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) San Juan substation, Women’s associations, barangay officials, 4Ps beneficiaries and CENRO San Juan personnel.

The area planted was hit by typhoon Odette in 2021 and the nearby communities felt the need to infuse the area with more mangroves to serve as their protection from storm surge. It was also one of the region’s observation sites for this year’s Asian Waterbird Census.