The 2nd Marine Brigade, in partnership with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) and volunteers from other government agencies, conducted a mangrove planting activity at Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, and Tawi-Tawi.
The first mangrove planting activity was started on June 15, 2021 in connection with the celebration of Independence Day held at the area of Sanga-Sanga airport.
Another Mangrove Planting Activity was held on August 15, 2021, spearheaded by Ms. Vema L. Gaticales, Bongao Executive Management Officer, in collaboration with MBLT-12, with participation from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Provincial Police Office (PPO-TT), Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bongao Municipal Government.
More than 1,000 mangrove seedlings were planted along Sanga-Sanga coastline. Sanga’s This effort aims to promote environmental conservation and enhance green spaces in order to counteract the effects of climate change-related global warming.
The mangroves, according to Col. Romeo T. Racadio PN(M)(GSC, Commander, 2nd Marine Brigade, are the first line of defense in coastal communities against storm surge, floods, and the devastating effects of tsunamis. He added that they want to make sure that the community is robust to the risks and impacts of climate change by implementing appropriate adaptation strategies to deal with extreme weather.