THE Iloilo City Government is gathering the support of public and private sector to plant mangrove saplings along the stretch of new Esplanades at the banks of Iloilo River.
The greening initiative of Mayor Jerry Treñas aims to rev up rehabilitation efforts to protect the waterway at the heart of the city.
"We will partner with DENR, Global Business Power, More Power, La Filipina Uy Gongco, and Globe, among others, to plant mangroves along the new Esplanades. We will fill the riverbanks with mangroves to cushion the impacts of climate change," Treñas said.
"Our beautification program personnel and gardeners continuously landscape and maintain ornamental plants and flowers. Our workers also continue to conduct massive tree planting activities," he added.
Those who also signified to join and support the initiative are Phinma-University of Iloilo, Philippine National Police, University of the Philippines Visayas, SM, and media outlets in the city.
Organization and coordination meetings will be done next week to finalize everything.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources promotes sanctuary for fishes and other aquatic animals. (PR)