PEER plants 120 Mangrove seedlings during planting activity

By Mdpwn Ma.Heather C. Bacera
Strengthening its thrust towards Environmental Protection, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University- Molo (JBLFMU-M) Peer Facilitating Program (PFP) continued to administer its semi-annual Mangrove Planting Activity at Katunggan Park, Brgy. Nabitasan, Leganes, July 1.
According to Mr. Raymund Benedick Brillantes, Adviser of the Peer Facilitating Program (PFP), the target of the said activity is to support Leganes community for its drive in restoring the mangroves and to increase the habitat of various species of fish and other marine wildlife in the sanctuary.
“We are glad that we are part of the realization of Mangrove Sanctuary in Leganes. We are grateful to Jason Vincent Caldeo, the man behind why we have known that Katunggan park exists in the province of Iloilo,” added Mr. Brillantes.
Moreover, as observed by Mr. Wilson Batislaon, MENRO (Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Officer) of Leganes, the growth of mangroves in the sanctuary has improved due to the participation of PEER since 2012.
“It is our way of extending our help to mother nature as an organization whose aim is to help not only in the four corners of the classroom but outside the campus as well. Mangroves supplies more oxygen that any other trees, it also serves as a natural barrier to storm surges and hatchery to small fishes,” said Mdpn. Eugene Mark Genilsa, President of PEER. “We did not only plant mangroves but we also planted hopes for the future generations,” he added.
In addition, the MENRO (Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office) of Leganes is planning to extend the green belt area in the neighboring barangays, designating an extensive border in the sanctuary allowing mangroves to freely grow and establish.