SPORTS EVENT DELEGATES PLANT MANGROVES IN ILOCOS NORTE
R1AA delegates plant mangroves in Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte on Friday, March 8. (Photo courtesy of R1AA 2019)
LAOAG CITY — Some participants of the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet in Ilocos Norte took time out on Friday morning to plant mangrove propagules in the coastal village of Davila, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.
Led by the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte, along with partner agencies, such as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bantay Kalikasan, North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp., and the local government of Pasuquin, the participants planted at least 1,800 propagules in the mangrove sanctuary.
The sanctuary is currently being rehabilitated to serve as a breeding ground of fish and a natural barrier to protect coastal residents from storm surges.
“This is a worthwhile experience with a noble cause. The R1AA meet is not only a platform to hone our athletes. It is also a venue to bring into the consciousness of everyone about taking good care of the environment,” said Jessie Amin, assistant regional director of the Department of Education (DepEd) 1 (Ilocos region).
Amin also lauded the hosting of Ilocos Norte and its green advocacy.
“Since day one, there has been no scattered plastic in playing venues. Hopefully, this will be replicated in other gatherings,” Amin said.
In Ilocos Norte, at least 80 percent of its population depend on fishing as a major source of livelihood, 10 percent are engaged in farming, while 10 percent are hired laborers.
Of the nine coastal municipalities of the province — Badoc, Currimao, Paoay, Laoag City, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos, Bangui, and Pagudpud — at least five municipalities have already established mangrove plantations covering about 23 hectares.
Meanwhile, Judy Anne Rafanan, a swimming coach from Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, described Ilocos Norte as a very welcoming province.
“On the first day, we were warmly welcomed. The people are approachable and most importantly, we have been properly billeted,” she said.
Also another delegate from Vigan City, Jocelyn Bello, lauded the Ilocos Norte government and DepEd-Ilocos Norte for the unique opening ceremony, which featured several cultural performances.
“We appreciated the program a lot. We know and we expected that Ilocos Norte’s opening program is fantastic and exciting. We can see here the different talents and skills of Ilocos Norte natives,” she said.
The San Carlos City delegation was also commended by fellow participants when they immediately helped out in the collection of trash at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium.
Jenifer Ferrer, school principal, said this is already a practice in all schools in San Carlos City.
“Students are used to it because we are already practicing this in our schools there. Aside from collecting litter, we also observe giving respect to our elders and greet the visitors,” she said. (PNA)