Over 100,000 mangrove propagules were planted by municipal officials and residents of Quezon town along the coast of Sitio Karamporo, Brgy. Tabon, during the 1st Bakaw Festival.
The coastal planting activity on June 21 had the theme “Bakawan ay Pangalagaan, ito ay ating Kinabukasan”.
Provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO) Atty. Noel Aquino said the goal of the coastal planting activity in a five-hectare area was to raise environmental awareness, especially among the youth in Palawan.
He said it is also important for the Bakaw festival to become an instrument for people to know the importance of mangroves in maintaining a sound coastal and marine environment.
“Ang main objective nitong activity is to rehabilitate and restore the denuded and sparsely vegetated mangrove forests and at the same time, to build environmental awareness among Palaweño men and women, especially the youth by encouraging their active participation under the spirit of volunteerism,” Aquino said.
The first Bakaw festival was held in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the local government of Quezon, and other stakeholders.
In his speech, Aquino told the residents of Quezon that no one can go wrong in their participation in the event because they are the ones who will benefit and the future generations.
“Mahalaga ang pagtatanim ng bakawan lalo na sa prevention and mitigation. ‘Yong mangrove forests kasi ay nagbibigay proteksyon sa atin, maiiwasan ang coastal erosion, storm surge at sea level rise,” he said.