Malabon Mangrove TP


DENR-NCR embark on rehabilitation of Dampalit River

November 11, 2017


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR), in partnership with the City Government of Malabon, started work on a month-long mangrove planting activity along the riverbanks of Dampalit River in Malabon City.

The activity, which will run for three consecutive Saturdays of November, is aimed at rehabilitating the ecosystem of Dampalit River following the completion of the polder dike and slope protection project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the area.

A total of 3-hectares was identified by officials of Barangay Dampalit, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Malabon City and DENR-NCR along the stretch of Dampalit River. The waterway was recently the subject of heavy and intensive infrastructure development by DPWH under the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) Flood Control Project.

To restore natural vegetation, improve biodiversity and contribute to flood control thus, DENR-NCR proposed the planting of mangroves in the area.  With the dense root systems of mangrove trees, sediments flowing down rivers and off the land are trapped. This helps in stabilizing the riverbank and prevent erosion from waves and storms.    

The first and second mangrove planting activity was conducted last November 4 and 11, 2017 respectively, and was participated by around 115 volunteers.

So far, a total of 2,448 mangrove seedlings has been planted and DENR-NCR Regional Director Lourdes C. Wagan expects to plant more in weeks to come. She thanked the officials of Malabon-LGU thru its CENRO and Barangay officials for their continued support to the greening efforts of the regional office. She also extended her gratitude to the Philippine National Police–Maritime Group (PNP-MG), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Malabon Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), City Engineering Office (CEO) and Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA), including students from Tugatog National High school for sending their delegation.