Puerto Princesa gov’t to sign MOA with PNP Maritime on mangrove area protection

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 10 (PNA) -– All is set here for the celebration of the Love Affair with Nature on February 14, the city government’s annual Valentine’s Day offering to sustainably protect, conserve and preserve its marine environment, particularly the mangroves.

Among the highlights of the annual celebration is the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government and the PNP-Maritime Special Boat Unit (SBU) for the adoption of mangroves as a protected area.

City Information Officer Henry Gadiano in interviews said the MOA will authorize the PNP-Maritime SBU to find and adopt a mangrove area it will turn into a protected sanctuary, and guard from mistreatment.

Gadiano said the difference of the project is that it is geared at specially protecting mangroves, which are very important in shielding communities from tidal surges when there is typhoon.

Aside from the MOA signing, more than 250 couples will be blessed in matrimony during the Love Affair with Nature as part of the annual activities to celebrate the mass mangrove planting.

Each couple who wish to marry must go to the management of the annual mangrove affair to be listed. On the day of the event, they are expected to plant mangrove saplings first before they are wed.

Meanwhile, Gadiano said around 20,000-30,000 residents, students, visitors and supporters of the environment are expected to attend the Love Affair with Nature. (PNA)