Mangroves started to catch the public’s attention when typhoon Sendong ravaged Iligan 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!