The PMO MO/C in coordination with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)- DENR and concerned Local Government Unit successfully facilitated the mandatory mangrove tree planting for two (2) port service providers on 03 March 2021, also in celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2021.

The said activity is in accordance with the PPA Administrative Order No. 14-2020, mandating the mangrove/tree planting as a condition for the issuance of accreditation, Certificate of Registration, appointment, or Award of Contract or renewal/extension thereof. Upon accomplishment, permittees shall secure a Certificate of Completion from CENRO/DENR.

Personnel/representatives of 5N Glass and GT Distributors had planted a total of 2,000 mangrove seedlings in the Tubahon Aqua Marine Park, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, priorly identified by CENRO. This activity also formed part of the port stakeholders’ participation to the World Wildlife Day Celebration that calls for heightened awareness on the multitude benefits of the varied forms of wild fauna and flora and the urgent need to conserve/protect them from human-induced reduction of species. The mangrove trees are known to serve as breeding grounds for marine organisms, shelter for some wildlife, and a natural buffer between land and sea to prevent shoreline erosion. Mangroves filter pollutants thereby also improve water quality for the people and animals.

Next batches of PTO holders are set to plant trees/mangrove seedlings in the coming days in different selected areas around Misamis Oriental and nearby provinces.