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Maritime police plant mangroves in Pangasinan

SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan — Some 500 mangrove propagules were planted along the Bakawan River in San Fabian town by personnel of the Regional Maritime Unit-I (RMU) on Friday, Nov. 15.

Regional Chief Col. Dennis Denver Sab-it said it is part of their mandate to maintain cleanliness of the rivers and help in mitigating the effects of strong waves during storms so as not to directly hit the residential houses in the vicinity.

“Bilang mga Maritime police, gusto naming makatulong hindi lang sa paglilinis ng karagatan kundi makatulong din sa pagkabawas ng hagupit ng alon sa tuwing may bagyo para hindi matamaan directly ang mga residents at mga residential houses,” Sab-it told the Philippine Information Agency.

Sab-it said its also the right time to plant along the rivers as summertime is nearing.

The regional chief said there is also a technique in planting mangroves as taught by the Department of Agriculture.

“Dapat hindi masaydong nakalubog ang seedlings. Kapag tama ang pagkakatanim, lesser ang mortality rate ng ating mga pananim,” he explained.

Personnel of the Coast Guard, Army and members of the Regional Advisory Council joined the initiative.

The RMU-I also held a big clean-up activity of the Pantal River in Dagupan City on November 19. Fourteen sections of the river were designated with stakeholders and volunteers in this “Adopt-a-River” project. ●