Friday, September 16, 2011

Sarangani folks join coastal clean up, mangrove planting

Volunteers pose for photographers in Malapatan town in Sarangani province where they join a massive clean up and mangrove planting. (Photo by Cocoy Sexcion)

SARANGANI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 16, 2011) – Hundreds of volunteers gathered Friday in Sarangani’s Malapatan town where they joined a massive clean up and planted mangrove on a coastal village as part of the month-long international coastal clean-up celebration.

“Today, we are going to plant 1,000 mangrove seedlings. This activity is our contribution to the international coastal clean-up celebration and this is also part of the commitment of the Alcantara Group of Companies to plant 50,000 mangroves all around Sarangani Bay in the next three years from 2011 to 2013,” said Richlie Lyndon Magtulis, executive director of Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Inc. (CLAFI).

“We are doing this because we are very dependent on Sarangani Bay in our businesses. For almost 50 years, the Agri Business Unit of the Alcantara Group has been relying on Sarangani Bay, so in return, we would like to preserve and protect the bay not only for our benefits but for the benefit of the people in Sarangani as well,” Magtulis said.

The event was spearheaded by CLAFI in partnership with the local government of Malapatan and provincial government of Sarangani. It was participated by civilians, soldiers and policemen.

“This is all part of our campaign under the peace and development outreach program of the battalion. We are helping the local government units and the community in the conduct of environmental protection,” said Army Lieutenant Nestor Valenzuela. (Cocoy Sexcion)

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