Bankers support National Greening Program with mangrove planting in Manito

Unmindful of the mud and sharp barnacles, some 178 bankers of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) planted 3,000 mangrove propagules in the coast of Brgy. Kuwait, Manito, Albay as part of their 50th anniversary celebration and support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) National Greening Program (NGP) last Saturday, July 20,2013.

LBP Assistant Vice-President Alex Lorayes said the event is part of their 50th Anniversary wherein they are aiming to plant 50,000 trees nationwide and the 3,000 mangrove propagules planted will add up to their total target as support to the NGP via their corporate social responsibility.

“All of our employees in the region enjoyed the tree planting which we are doing every year, however we do away with the tree planting in Mt. Mayon and instead we try to propagate some mangroves for the fact that these serve as spawning grounds for fish so we can be of help to improve the fish catch in a way,” Lorayes added.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Imelda Baltazar of Albay lauded the commitment of the LBP in ensuring that the propagules will survive as the top level management gave an order for their personnel to monitor the growth of the mangroves in the said area.

“As we all know, mangroves are habitats of our marine resources and serve as a buffer zone against strong typhoons that are brought about by climate change so it is imperative that we should fortify our coastal areas with these mangroves, ” PENRO Baltazar said.

          PENRO Baltazar estimated an 85% of survival rate among mangroves planted under the Department’s greening program in identified mangrove sites in the municipalities of Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Manito and Legazpi City. She is optimistic that these mangrove areas are all potential for development and not in any way in a critical status.

Press Release: July 22, 2013