Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project

                Super typhoon Yolanda taught us all one great lesson: mangroves and beach forests have the power to provide protection to the coastal dwellers.

             The need to protect mangrove and beach forests against the devastating effects of climate change has come to the fore with the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda. Touted as the world’s most powerful “super typhoon” ever recorded, Yolanda washed out coastal areas especially in Tacloban, Leyte and other coastal areas in the country. In Western Visayas, coastal areas in Northern Iloilo especially in the municipalities of Carles, Estancia, Concepcion, Dueñas and Dumangas were heavily damaged as was the province of Capiz.

             In the light of the possible future destruction of more intense typhoons that could damage many communities, the Philippine government moved to include the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) as a component program under the National Greening Program (NGP).

            An initial funding of P400 Million was released to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for MBFDP that was charged against the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (RRP) under the FY 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

         The implementation of the MBFDP include the participation of concerned stakeholders from both the local government units (LGU) and the private sectors/non-government organizations (NGOs) in the development of mangroves and beach forests in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other disasters.

In Western Visayas, the DENR 6 fast tracks the implementation of the MBFDP’s implementation. Currently, the Department has produced a total of 339,352 seedlings/propagules of mangrove and beach forest species by the Provincial ENR Offices in Negros Occidental and Capiz.

Meanwhile, 730 hectares of mangrove and beach forest areas in Negros and 388 hectares in Capiz have completed Site Assessment and Validation. PENRO Iloilo, on the other hand, has established 857 hectares of mangrove plantation out of its target of 910 has.

“We target to plant 2,747 hectares of mangrove and beach forests in the region to fortify our coastal defenses against future storm surges. Once established, these forests will serve as protective walls for our coastal communities thereby making them climate change resilient,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

The P400-M funding will cover the initial requirements as follows: site validation and assessment, baseline/benchmark data collection on validated sites, site preparation, nursery establishment and operation by concerned barangay/community to produce the required number of planting materials, wildlings and propagules collection/production,  plantation establishment, community capacity building and project monitoring and supervision.

 

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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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