Love Affair with Nature
[Credits: palawan-news ] A mangrove seedling planted by Hector Chacon and Niza Omled Refokitüb

Nature is home to animals, the source of their life in order to survive. As people continue to strive to live in the world, we often forget the others that live in the forest. The Endangered species are slowly fading and the forest is almost gone. But, can we really do something for nature? Planting trees is a positive way to step forward and help Mother Nature.

Puerto Princesa is a city located in Palawan Island. It is known for its underground river also known as the Subterranean River, and other tourist attractions such as Baywalk Park, Ugong Rock, the World War ll Museum. Thousands of people visit and celebrate with the locals on their festivals and events that happens every year.

Puerto Princesa has been awarded to be the greenest and the cleanest cities in the Philippines. Do you wonder why? Even though this city is one of the few highly urbanized cities in the country, it remains to have a greenish and magnificent forest that captivates the eyes.

Planting trees help the animals to survive in the land while the mangroves and corals do the same in marine life and the government of Puerto Princesa has established this event as a payback to nature.

On February 13th, Saturday a Mangrove Planting took place at Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan. A celebration for Valentine's Day and to show the love for the environment. The event started early in the morning and successfully planted a total of 150 seedlings of mangroves from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO). The members of groups such as Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Association, Grand Palawan Eagles Club, and Grand Palawan Lady Eagles Club willingly participated.

Elizabeth Maclang, the Superintendent of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSR NP) encourages the locals and tourists to support and join community-based sustainable tourism.

Aside from the plantings of Mangrove, there is also a local trade fair called "Tarabidan Maria" but sad to say that only the four Barangays namely Tagabinet, Cabayugan, Marufinas, and New Pangganganwas were able to display and sell their products within the park.

This event started under the leadership of Mayor Edward A. Hagedorn on February 14, 2003 wherein 2,500 seedlings of Mangroves were planted in Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa. The first event was attended by the estimated counts of more than 2,000 locals and successfully planted in the 2 hectares. Since then, it has been adapted and celebrated annually.

Mangroves are important in ecological and marine lifes. It is a shrub that grows in coastal saline and brackish water. It is also a nursery and nesting place for fishes, different species of shrimps and lobster larvae.

As we are still battling with the pandemic, the other outdoor activities such as Environmental quiz bee, film showing, band concert, and beach games were not presented as of this year.

References

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