DENR National Capital Region provided training on Mangrove Production, Maintenance, Protection, and Rehabilitation for its Bakawan Warriors and farm workers last October 18-19, 2022 at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP).
The 2-day in-house learning event was facilitated by foresters from the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and attended by forty (40) Bakawan Warriors and farm workers of the regional office
DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., graced the event, encouraging the participants to continue learning about coastal and marine ecosystems and the important role of mangrove ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation, water filtration, protection of coastal areas, urban biodiversity, and ecotourism among others.
CDD chief and concurrent LPPWP Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Forester Aida E. Esguerra led the team of resource speakers which included CRFMS OIC Chief Justin Albert de Ramos and his staff.
The resource speakers lectured on the ecosystem functions and benefits of mangroves; mangrove seedling production; and mangrove forest establishment, maintenance and protection. They also led the participants in the conduct of field exercises on the topics discussed.
DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-South (MEO-South) Director Bobby Tagapan was present as well to provide his insight and experience on the care and maintenance of mangroves.
In compliance with the directive of Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, the speakers included Republic Act No. 11313 or “Safe Spaces Act of 2018” in the topics covered. The Bakawan Warriors of DENR National Capital Region are tasked with taking care and enriching the mangrove areas of Metro Manila, particularly those at the LPPWP, the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City, and Baseco lagoon in Port Area, Manila.