Members of the Philippine Army led by First Lieutenant Climaco R. Ramirez II (CE) joined the DENR National Capital Region in the cleanup of Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City on Thursday, 14 October 2021.

Around 20 uniformed men and women participated in the third day of cleanup, targeting, in particular, the mass of trash washed on the shores of the mangrove area by the southwest monsoon.

TMTP is a 29.47-hectare mangrove enrichment area established by DENR National Capital Region under its National Greening Program (NGP).

The area is located in Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City, and is the first locally adopted mangrove area in Metro Manila. In 2011, the Barangay Council of Tanza passed Ordinance No. 4 declaring the area for mangrove enrichment.

Mangroves are important to Navotas City as they lie below sea level. The mangroves of TMTP help mitigate the impact of typhoons and storm surges, protecting its coast. Likewise, as a fishing community, mangroves help in replenishing fish stock as it serves as a nursing ground for fingerlings.

Mangroves also play an important role in the on-going rehabilitation of Manila Bay as it helps filter pollutants in the water.

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan last week directed the North Field Office (NFO), Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Sector (CRFMS), and the Manila Bay Site Coordinating Management Office (MBSCMO) to coordinate the conduct of a series of cleanups in the area.