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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has planted 500 mangrove seedlings at a 3,000-square meter mangrove forest adopted by the PCG Station Davao located in Barangay Lasang, Davao City yesterday, 02 May 2021.

PCG District Southeastern Mindanao Commander, Commodore Allan Corpuz said the initiative was made successful with the active cooperation of the PCG Auxiliary 817.3 Division and Royal Davao Eagles Club (RDEC).

"Mangroves play a vital role in our marine biodiversity and it is our duty to amplify the importance of this natural resource to our stakeholders. We need their commitment to protect it and ensure its sustainability," Commodore Corpuz shared.

“Mangroves are biodiversity hotspots, acting as nurseries for fishes. They also help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon above and below the ground, shielding coastal communities from intense storms," the PCG District Southeastern Mindanao Commander added.

A total of 14 sacks of non-biodegradable waste materials were also collected during the activity.