Environment office to remove 5,595 mangroves in Batiano-A A +A
Thursday, July 5, 2012
THE Department of Environment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to remove 5,595 mangrove trees in Batiano River spanning more than 11 kilometers from Baluarte, Molo in Iloilo City to Oton, Iloilo.
Provincial environment and natural resources officer Raul Lorilla reported to the Iloilo Batiano River Development Council (IRDC) that the mangroves impede the flow of the river.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, IRDC chairman, gave the approval for the DENR to take out the trees.
In an inventory of tree species last May 9-10, the DENR reported the presence of 293 mature mangroves, 93 pole stages, 816 saplings, 190 wildings, and 4,203 nipa clumps.
Lorilla said these natural growths impede the flow of water and grasses succeeded in developing islets along the river especially in the Sooc, Arevalo area that lead to flooding of at least four barangays near the Iloilo River. (Lydia C. Pendon)