REPRESENTATIVES from the Royal Thai Embassy, students and personnel from various schools, military personnel, government workers and employees of PTT Philippines have joined hands to plant about 50,000 mangrove propagules in Noveleta, Cavite.
A propagule is any plant part or cutting used to propagate a new plant.
The mangrove planting is part of PTT Philippines’ corporate social responsibility project, dubbed, “BakaJuan: Back to the Mangroves.”
Sukanya Seriyothin, PTT Philippines president and chief executive officer, said they wanted to expand the soon-to-be-transformed ecotourism site with the planting of 50,000 mangrove propagules in the extended area of wetland at Coastal Bay City in Barangay San Rafael 4 in Noveleta.
About 600 volunteers from various sectors participated in the event.
Among those who joined in “BakaJuan” were contingents from Royal Thai Embassy Manila, the 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force, the Philippine Navy and Marines based in Cavite City, the local government of Noveleta, and students and school personnel from various schools, colleges and universities.
“We are very grateful with the support that we got from the volunteers. They came from everywhere. They simply came to us and told us that they want to be part of this activity,” said Seriyothin.
PTT Philippines had its first mangrove planting under the BakaJuan project on March 28, 2014.
Similar to last year’s event, PTT kicked off this year’s activities through an information campaign caravan that toured 13 different schools in Noveleta, Cavite City and Bacoor City.
The goal is to educate the youth about the significance of mangroves in the environment and in the process, get their active involvement to campaign for it, said Seriyothin.