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Republic Cement team members green the coast

Mangroves started to catch the public’s attention when typhoon Sendong ravaged ┬áIligan City in December 2011. Nearby Bayug Island, which was flattened by the typhoon, could have been better protected by the mangroves that used to line the coast facing the sea like a protective mantle.

Learning from the havoc that the typhoon caused, the barangay council of Hinaplanon, where Bayug Island is located, began working with different sectors of their community to restore and rehabilitate the mangrove forest. Mangroves protect coastal areas from big waves as their roots grow from branches and go deep into the water. These roots are multi taskers, trapping garbage and keeping these from reaching the sea while also serving as a nesting place and breeding ground for fish and other aquatic animals.

In support of this initiative, and in celebration of World Environment Day that falls on June 5, Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. contributed 10,000 red mangrove propagules which were planted by its employees and representatives of different sectors to sustain the Mangrove Reforestation Program of the government.

Across the sea, another community has also learned the environmental importance of mangroves. In observance of Arbor Day, employees of Republic’s Danao Plant joined their fellow Cebuanos in planting red mangrove propagules in Barangay Dancar, Danao City, Cebu. Arbor Day is celebrated every last Friday of June to provide communities with opportunities to plant trees. The activity was done in partnership with the Danao City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

We are proud of our Iligan and Danao Teams and all the Iliganons and Cebuanos who are working together to rebuild the mangroves at Bayug Island and Barangay Dancar. A big shout out to our eco warriors!

Our colleagues from Danao Plant joined the mangrove planting activity in Sitio Dancar to celebrate Arbor Day 2016.
Our colleagues from Danao Plant joined the mangrove planting activity in Sitio Dancar to celebrate Arbor Day 2016.

 

Danao Environment Officer Brenda Enriquez carefully tends to the red mangrove propagules to ensure that they flourish once planted.
Danao Environment Officer Brenda Enriquez carefully tends to the red mangrove propagules to ensure that they flourish once planted.
Packhouse Operator, Roger Alejandrino, carefully planting the red mangrove propagules to make sure its roots are firmly embedded in the sand.
Packhouse Operator, Roger Alejandrino, carefully planting the red mangrove propagules to make sure its roots are firmly embedded in the sand.
They're not planting rice, folks! They're bending low to plant the red mangrove propagules that will soon provide protective cover for the island.
They’re not planting rice, folks! They’re bending low to plant the red mangrove propagules that will soon provide protective cover for the island.
The mangroves are flourishing along the coast of Bayug Island.
The mangroves are flourishing along the coast of Bayug Island.