Gov. Espino distributes mangrove seedlings, gill nets to various sectors in central and western Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — In line with the province’s continuing coastal resources management, (CRM) Governor Amado I. Espino, III distributed on Friday some 26,500 mangrove seedlings to various sectors, particularly stakeholders, in central and western Pangasinan.

The CRM is part of the thrusts of his administration, Espino said, as he personally led in the planting of mangroves at the Bolinao Fish Farm and Provincial Mangrove Information Center in Barangay Arnedo, Bolinao.

In the same occasion, he distributed 1,950 gill nets to marginalized fisherfolk so that they can increase their catch and earn higher income for their families.

Capping his activities was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the provincial government, Local Government Units (LGUs), barangay councils, civic organizations and other institutions for a more comprehensive implementation of the mangrove reforestation project of the province.

Present during the signing were Mayors Arthur Celeste (Alaminos City), Arnold Celeste (Bolinao), Aldrin Cerdan (Anda), Alberto Guiang, Jr. (Burgos) and Dominador Arenas (Labrador).

Also in attendance were Board Member Rene Sison and Officer-in-Charge Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya.

Recognizing the importance of a solid partnership to ensure the success of the province’s mangrove reforestation, Governor Espino urged stakeholders to continuously undertake environmental projects in order to help mitigate climate change.

“It is our obligation to protect and preserve our environment,” he said, pointing out that since elementary grade, children were taught to take care of nature.

At the same time, the governor announced that more “greening” projects will be implemented by the provincial government in the coming days.

All these will be started as soon as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office has already identified areas to be reforested, he said.

Recipients of about 26,500 mangrove seedlings include: DepEd – Bolinao School of Fisheries (3,500); Mal-Ong barangay council – Anda (3,500); Bangrin Federation – Bani (3,500); Samahan ng mga Mangingisda at Magsasaka tungo sa Kaunlaran – Infanta (3,500); DepEd – Eguia National High School – Dasol (2,000); Sabangan Rural Workers Association – Alaminos City (3,500); Laois Fishermen Association – Labrador (3,500) and Talogtog barangay council – Mangaldan (3,500).

Fisherfolk organizations and Fishery and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (FARMCs) of city and municipal LGUs, that received 1,950 gill nets were from coastal towns of Anda, Bolinao, Bani, Agno, Dasol, Infanta, Burgos, Sual, Labrador, Lingayen, Binmaley and San Fabian, city of Alaminos, and inland towns of Bugallon and Mangaldan and city of San Carlos. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com