Recognizing the importance of mangrove in a community and beneficial factors of it in terms of carbon sequestration and protecting shorelines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 gave emphasis to partner with the stakeholders to further protect and nourish the mangroves.

The DENR- Provincial ENR Office of Capiz headed by PENRO Vicente A. Sardina had signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on November 7, 2023, at the Mayor’s Conference Room, Municipal Hall Bldg., Ivisan, Capiz. The signing was done between DENR and LGU-Ivisan, Brgy. Agustin Navarra, Brgy. Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association (BANECA) with PETRON Foundation, Inc., to protect and manage the twenty-five (25) hectares mangrove area located in Brgy. Agustin Navarra, Ivisan, Capiz.

The activity was in line with the corporate social responsibility of PETRON Foundation Inc. in reforestation and carbon capture measurement program called “Puno ng Buhay,” which aims to support the National Greening Program (NGP) through a direct participation in massive, intensive and sustained tree-growing, planting and maintenance activities, to include mangrove rehabilitation projects in promoting sustainable development, as well as to provide alternative livelihood to BANECA.

The project has a total budget of Php 1,460,000.00 distributed annually for five (5) years.