Finding a way to help protect the environment, members of The Technologian Student Press, the official student press of the Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), and other school-based organizations recently completed their mangrove planting along the shores of Minglanilla.

Campus journalists and the Union of Poetic Souls planted some 1,000 Bakawan Lalaki (Phrizophora spiculata) in Barangay Tungkil, Minglanilla last Feb. 24. The site is a protected area under the care of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-City Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO).

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“It [activity] is basically carrying out the organization’s social responsibility, particularly addressing the serious issue of environmental degradation,” says the paper’s editor-in-chief, Jellie A. de Gracia, of the project’s main objective.

The half-day event was facilitated by Dr. Simeon Rosel, chief of Coastal and Marine Management Section of Cenro.

He said during a briefing that the planted mangrove specie, which will aid in mitigating the serious effects of climate change and provide natural habitat and breeding ground for various marine life, are expected to mature in a couple of weeks.

Rosel explained that mangrove trees have more ecological benefits compared to upland trees and offer immediate food reserves for young fishes. 

The propagules provided by CENRO were planted using bamboo sticks, with a one-meter distance from each other. The site was partially occupied by grown mangrove trees.

“This is our first outreach program and most members love the sea, and I think it’s great to preserve what you love,” said Lee Anthony C. Sabala, the associate editor of the school paper. (Ian Rey V. Borinaga)