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NCMB-RBXI Team Breaks In Tree Planting at

Davao River bank

 

NCMB-RBXI Officials and Personnel headed by OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes successfully conducted mangrove planting at Davao River bank near the Bolton Bridge at Quimpo Boulevard on July 27, 2018. This is under the Green our DOLE Program of the office.

The team in cooperation with the Natural Resources Operations Division (NROD) under the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) planted 210 bacawan seedlings along the riverside of Bolton Bridge, one of the three bridges in Davao River that connects the north and south side of the Davao City.

“Bacawan is a family of mangrove. This tree helps fish by providing shelter for them and serves as their breeding place.  This also helps filter and improve the quality of the water in the area”, said Michael Pimentel of NROD.

“Batches of residents who occupied the riverside were relocated and will be relocated by the government in connection with the Davao City’s river bank protection program,” Rey Sito of NROD shared.

It is quite fulfilling being part of the groups and organizations that contributed to the rehabilitation of this place”, GODP Focal Cary Jun P. Montero stated.

Mangrove is a shrub or a small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water.  Mangrove swamps protect coastal areas from erosion, storm surge (especially during hurricanes), and tsunamis. The mangroves’ massive root systems are efficient at dissipating wave energy. Likewise, they slow down tidal water enough so its sediment is deposited as the tide comes in, leaving all except fine particles when the tide ebbs. In this way, mangroves build their own environments. Because of the uniqueness of mangrove ecosystems and the protection against erosion they provide, they are often the object of conservation programs, including national biodiversity action plans (Wikepedia).

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