In celebration of the 31st Activation Anniversary of the Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM), the City Government of Mati joined the Mangrove Planting Activity organized by the 806th Squadron – Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) last August 12 at Mangrove Forest Park, Guang-guang, Dahican, City of Mati.
City Administrator Engr. Joel A. Capalit, who happens to be the PCGA Squadron Commander, said that this is their way to significantly celebrate the anniversary involving other environmentalists and at the same time to create awareness in the protection of the marine life.
“Mindanao, especially Davao Oriental, particularly Mati, is no longer exempted from typhoons because of climate change that is why we need to do our part before it’s too late”, he added.
Guang-guang Mangrove Park is a 21,000 hectare of protected mangrove forest which possesses 18 of the rarest and endangered mangrove species in the Philippines.
Through the participation of PCG Mati headed by LCDR George Maganto, Philippine Army Reserve Command, Barangay Dahican headed by Punong Barangay Nestor Escasinas, Maritime Institute of Davao Oriental headed by Lydia Berzabal, DEPED Mati, Green Communities Program, Kalamboan sa Barangay Advocacy Program and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CiENRO), around 600 propagules were planted. (Mutya Tarona)