The City ENRO invites the public to join the 2019 Love Affair with Nature in their floral attire. (Photo courtesy of City Information Office Facebook Page)

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) is inviting residents “to wear floral or any Hawaiian attire” on Valentine’s Day and join the 17th Love Affair with Nature in Sitio Tagbarungis, Barangay Inagawan Subcolony

The invitation for the February 14 event was issued for the city government by Atty. Carlo Gomez, chief of the City ENRO.

It is a city government-led expression of warmth and fondness to the coastal environment through the mass planting of mangrove propagules, he said.

This year, Gomez said it will be in a two-hectare planting site in Sitio Tagbarungis, Barangay Inagawan Subcolony.

“I would like to invite everybody to join us in celebrating our Love Affair with Nature. This time we are inviting you to participate and wear floral dress, something Hawaiian siya kasi nasa beach naman (… since it’s a beach area) Sana magsuot ng Hawaiian ang mga ikakasal, para maiba naman, para masaya. We encourage the participants to wear floral (We hope the couples who will marry will wear Hawaiian for the occasion to be festive),” Gomez said.

He said they have around 4,700 beach and mangrove propagules ready for planting in their nursery.

The number of trees to be planted, however, will still depend on the number of participants to the event.

Gomez said the event is aimed at strengthening the city’s support to the Blue Carbon Ecosystem campaign to protect coastal areas.

The Tagbarungis beach is part of the coastal belt being managed by the City ENRO, he said.

“To avoid soil erosion and to protect the habitat for breeding marine species in the area,” Gomez explained on why the annual mangrove planting will be in Tagbarungis.

Gomez also said that 100 couples are expected to be wed by Mayor Lucilo Bayron during the event.

Interested couples can inquire at the Oplan Linis Office at the City Hall for the registration process and requirements.

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