The New Ginsaugon National High School, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) San Juan, and the barangay local government unit of Pong-oy in San Juan, Southern Leyte actively participated in a mangrove planting and coastal clean-up activity spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

During the event, around one hundred seventy (170) volunteers planted four hundred (400) seedlings of miyapi mangroves along the coastline of Brgy. Pong-oy.

The barangay chairperson of Pong-oy attested to the benefits of the mangroves, saying that it served as their first line of defense when Typhoon Odette hit their town in 2021. Hence, they are truly grateful for the collaborative effort of the different sectors to restore their mangroves.

San Juan CENR Officer Alexander Casco emphasized in his message that investing in our planet by engaging in environmental activities is necessary. He stressed that now is the time to take positive actions that will restore nature for future generations. He likewise thanked the volunteers—faculty members and students, partners in government service, and the local government unit for supporting the environment department in its efforts towards the cause of Mother Earth.

The tree planting was one of the activities lined up by the DENR 8 and its bureaus EMB and MGB in celebration of the Month of the Planet Earth.