DENR National Capital Region together with the Asian Terminals Incorporated (ATI) planted mangroves and associate species at Baseco beach in Port Area, Manila on Wednesday, 7 July 2021.

The regional office, represented by Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO) focal Haidee D. Pabalate, joined volunteers from the ATI, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the city government of Manila, in planting Nipa (Nypa fruticans), Bakauan Babae (Rhizophora mucronate), and Nilad (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea Gaertn) near the shores of Baseco. The mangroves were planted to help stabilize the shoreline and improve water quality in the lagoon and beach area.

Known for phytoremediation properties, mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that grow and flourish in the coastal intertidal zone. With its dense network of roots, mangroves help prevent soil erosion apart from filtering and trapping sediments, heavy metals, and other pollutants in the water. Where mangroves thrive, they protect coastal communities against storm surges, currents, waves, and tides.

The mangrove tree planting activity was conducted in line with the beachfront enhancement project of the regional office in the area and the ongoing cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Estero Rangers under the West Field Office (WFO) of DENR National Capital Region and representatives from the Production Forest Management Section (PFMS) were also present to assist in the activity.