DENR, foundation to rehabilitate the mangroves of Surigao del Norte

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DESTROY. Mangrove plantations were among those severely damaged in Surigao del Norte after Typhoon Odette in December 2021. In this photo released by the non-governmental organization Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham in Teknolohiya in January, species of matured mangroves in Barangay Mabuhay, Del Carmen, are down but starting to leaf again. (Photo courtesy of Ronald Al Jurado/SIKAT, Inc Facebook)

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) for the restoration and rehabilitation of mangroves that have been severely impacted on Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte by Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

The JVOFI will provide PHP 10 million to cover the cost of restoring and rehabilitating storm-damaged mangroves, particularly in the municipalities of Del Carmen, Dapa, General Luna, San Benito and Socorro in Surigao del Norte and for the implementation of solid waste management. activities on the island, according to a press release issued on Saturday.

In 2019, the Del Carmen mangrove site received the Para El Mar Best Mangrove in the Philippines award from the Marine Protected Areas Support Network.

DENR-Region 13 (Caraga), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Surigao del Norte and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Dapa will serve as implementers of the project.

They will proceed with the identification and delimitation of the 143-hectare mangrove site and will determine the mode of establishment, protection and maintenance of the plantations.

At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on March 15, Acting DENR Secretary Jim Sampulna and JVOFI President Reinaldo Bautista Jr. agreed to conduct a three-year post-disaster restoration and rehabilitation.

Typhoon Odette devastated the island’s agriculture, infrastructure and environment and damaged the mangroves planted under the national greening program.

“The partnership recognizes the importance of tackling climate change and the sense of urgency to act now. We need our mangroves now more than ever,” Sampulna said.

Bautista said it was “the start of our ongoing partnership.”

The signing at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City was attended by DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, Jonas Leones, Deputy Director of DENR-Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Service, Maria Sabrina Cruz, Head of Project Preparation Division Conrado Bravante Jr., Region 13 Executive Director Nonito Tamayo, Office of Environmental Management-Region 13 Director Albert Arcamo, Executive Director of JVOFI Ma. Rosario Lopez and Surigao del Norte PENRO Alejandra Forest.

JVOFI is a non-governmental organization that promotes the conservation, protection and rational management, as well as the use of the country’s critical ecological resources. (PR)


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