A TOTAL of 2,107 mangroves were planted at the banks of Iloilo River along the new sections of Esplanade recently.
Mayor Jerry Treñas thanked private partners for actively participating in the massive reforestation program of the waterway at the heart of the city.
These partners included electricity provider Panay Energy Development Corp. with 1,400 mangroves at Esplanade 8, SM City Iloilo mall with 300 mangroves at Esplanade 9, RMN Iloilo radio station with 207 mangroves at Esplanade 5, and distributor More Power Iloilo with 200 mangroves at Esplanade 7.
University of Iloilo Phinma and Globe are expected to conduct the greening initiative in February.
Iloilo City Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel assisted in the planting activities.
Mangroves serve as sanctuary to fishes and home to other marine life. (PR)