Silliman University (SU) Senior High School (SHS) students planted 20,000 mangrove seedlings last Aug. 12 and 14 at Boardwalk Mangrove Forest, Tanjay City.
The activity was in line with the “10 Million Tress in Ten Years” project of the mangrove forest that started in 2012.
As of August 2017, there are now 65,000 planted mangrove trees.
Sidney Lee, one of the organizers of the project, expressed his gratitude to this batch of planters composed of SU Grade 11 students.
“Each [participating] group commits 10,000, the dream is to reach 100,000, and the fantasy is to reach 1 million,” he said.
Lee said that the growth rate of the planted trees is 100% because they readily replace damaged seedlings.
Mangrove forests, are home to a variety of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusk species. They not just protect the coasts, they also provide timber, plant products, and food for coastal areas.
On the other hand, Manolito Saldivar, head of the group composed of SHS students, said he has been planting mangroves since he was young because these trees provide homes for fishes and birds.
“Silliman has six C’s and that sixth C is the Climate. We also need to take care of our environment. This act of planting many Mangroves is one way of enhancing it,” he added.