Misamis Oriental, to develop a mangrove forest
Ten years from now, a sea forest will thrive along the coasts of Misamis Oriental. Sounds exh-sea-larating, right?
Residents of Barangay Looc in Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental envisions their coastal area to have a sea forest, with about 10,000 mangroves that will be a sanctuary to fish and help secure the area against environmental harm.
Rogelio Sabalbaro, Fishery Technician-designate at the Office of the Municipal Agriculture Villanueva, said that they already have a planned that’s been approved, to utilize the 3.6 hectares of tidal plot situated at the coastal area of Purok 4 in Barangay Looc to be planted with mangroves and envision it as the largest mangrove forest in the area, Sun Star CDO reported.
Sabalbaro said in the report that the plan was already integrated in the coastal zoning of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Villanueva and includes part of the town’s Ridge to Reef Program (RRP).
Sabalbaro still hopes that apart from the municipal government, several industrial companies in Villanueva would also participate in this noble goal aimed at creating a fish sanctuary and, most of all, guarding the town and the residents from the hazards of climate change.
“Although we already have a proposed budget for this that was included in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of the municipal government, we nevertheless welcome any support or participation from private companies located here in our town,” Sabalbaro said in the report.