Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (23 May 2016) – In line with the celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2016, the DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur employees together with the Tago Agro-Industrial Development Cooperative (TAGINDECO) and Knights of Columbus (KoC) of Tago conducted a tree planting and re-planting of bakauan propagules and nipa seedlings at Talisay estuary in Sitio Talisay, Barangay Purisima, Tago, Surigao del Sur.
According to DMO II Benjamin P. Montenegro, the PENRO-SDS IDB Focal Person, there are some 1,500 bakauan and nipa propagules prepared by TAGINDECO and KoC which were planted on the said activity.
TAGINDECO and KoC of Tago are partners of DENR in the 2015 National Greening Program (NGP) implementation of the 50 hectares mangrove establishment in Tago which aims at restoring the area as the breeding ground of fish and other aquatic resources.
Lito Espinoza, a member of TAGINDECO and KoC Tago believed that restoring the area through mangrove plantation will bring about fishes and aquatic resources into productivity which will help the fisherfolk in their barangay provide sustainable source of income.
“We expect that the NGP mangrove establishment will also help restore the biodiversity of fishes and aquatic flora and fauna in the area in the near future. Whenever that shall happen, our main source of livelihood which is fishing will be secured,” Espinoza said.
The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) or World Biodiversity Day is a United Nations international day commemorated every May 22 for the promotion of biodiversity issues. The IDB 2016 theme “Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods” emphasizing the importance of biodiversity in sustaining the livelihoods of communities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and sustainable tourism. (Johny S. Natad/ PENRO-SDS)