In relation to 50th Earth day anniversary, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology joins the Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Tree Planting activity organized by Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) XII at Brgy. Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani on April 26, 2021. The Regional Chief Community Relations Service initiated the said tie-up to provide additional workforce and support the MGB in their environmental advocacy.

As the team arrived, coastline area was covered with loads of garbage composed of broken glass, rusty metals, clothes, and plastic debris (bags, straws, water bottle & diapers). A total of 15 sacks of garbage were collected during the clean-up. After garbage collection, the team immediately prepared the planting tools and mangrove seedlings. There was a total of 150 seedlings of Rhizophora Apiculata and Rhizophora Mucronata that was successfully planted. The planted seedlings were properly turned-over to Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) for appropriate maintenance and monitoring to ensure the high survival rate of the seedlings.

A short lecture was conducted by Ryan S. Jama, Coastal Resource Coordinator of the MENRO in Maasim Area. It mainly focused on the importance of mangroves to coastal communities and its great function in stabilization of ecosystem in oceanic areas. He further emphasized the role of mangrove as first line of defense in the coastal areas, its function for the protection of water quality, it served as place of refuge for fish and even young fish from predator and nesting area for some birds in the coastal.

The Chief Community Relations Service Office INSP ROWENA G AUJERO took the opportunity have a conversation with MGB 12 representative and expressed her good intention of collaboration to MGB XII for any environmental interventions they are planning to conduct this year as part of bureau’s advocacy and CRS Slogan about environment “Kalikasan ay Kaligtasan”.

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