Aklan coastal areas to be covered by mangroves

April 12, 2011 1:35 am 

KALIBO, Aklan, April 11 – The newly-installed president of the Aklan State University (ASU) vowed to cover the Aklan coastal areas with mangroves as part of his main agenda to ensure environmental sustainability of the province rich natural resources.

Dr. Danilo Abayon, 3rd ASU president, said they will start the project in Isla Capispisan in New Washington and will be replicated in other towns such as Buruanga, Ibajay, Tangalan, Nabas and in Boracay. The Isla Capispisan recently gained recognition from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for its exemplary university extension project.

The New Washington town council for their part had considered the Isla Capispisan as a marine protected area.

The town of Kalibo has already its mangrove reforestation project that gained recognition from the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

"We want the coastal resources to be protected from tsunamis. It is our first line of defense. Aside from the protection, we also expect that our marine resources would be improved in years to come as part of our food security measures," said Abayon, who is also the first Aklanon ASU president.

For his part, Rep. Angelo Palmones of Alyansa ng Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan Incorporated (AGHAM) pledged P50,000 for the planting of more mangroves at the Isla Capispisan.

"I support the agenda of the ASU to plant more mangrove as part of the environmental protection of the province," Palmones said as guest speaker of the graduating students of the ASU-Marine and Fisheries Department New Washington Campus. (PNA) DCT/FFC/JNA/vlo

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