The City Government of Mati through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CiENRO) celebrates love and life at the shore of Guang-guang Mangrove Forest, early this morning.
To celebrate valentine more meaningfully in this season of love, Mayor Carlo P. Rabat along with the academe and other government agencies came together to share the common resolution – conserve, protect and restore our natural resources through mangrove planting activity.
More than one thousand students from Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Mati Doctors College, Polytechnic College and Candor Christian Academy, and personnel from the 701st Infantry Brigade, 1104th RCDG and ROTC, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, Department of Environment and Natural Resources engaged in a love affair with nature by planting mangroves.
Louie Bordas of CiENRO stressed that this activity started last year February 14, 2015 by the city government to combat the excruciating effects of climate change.
Mangrove forests provide protection and shelter against extreme weather events, such as storm winds and floods, as well as tsunamis. They are rich in biodiversity providing a habitat for wide varieties of animal and plant species. Aside from that, mangroves provide economic value paving the way to extra alternative means of livelihood.