CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stressed the importance of mangrove forests in the region for the protection of the Manila Bay.
In a statement, DENR Regional Office 3 executive director Paquito Moreno Jr. said that the mangrove forests will help save Manila Bay from further pollution and will sustain Region 3’s coastal resources.
He added that a healthy mangrove ecosystem has been essential in preserving the natural habitat of marine and migratory bird species.
“Planting mangroves keeps our coastal zones and shorelines healthy. It prevents erosion and protects coastal communities from storm surges and strong waves,” Moreno said.
Mangrove forests are essential in reviving the quality of water bodies in Manila Bay areas in the region, since the complex root system of mangroves filter nitrates and phosphates that rivers and other tributaries carry to the greater portion of the Bay.
The DENR official added that Manila Bay cleanups and rehab programs that were launched in 2019 have been instrumental in the planting of 174,400 mangrove propagules in 80 hectares of mangrove forests in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga.
According to studies, mangrove forests provide a natural refuge and habitat to several wildlife and serves as a natural flood defense against typhoons, sea level rise and tides.
Since 2011, the DENR has established some 1,120 hectares of mangrove plantation in the region under various coastal and marine rehabilitation programs.
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