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Calapan City committee greenlights creation of Maidlang Mangrove and Beach Forest Reserve

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The Calapan City Council has approved the creation of “Maidlang Mangrove and Beach Forest Reserve” during a committee hearing last February 4.

The hearing was attended by the Sangguniang Panglungsod members and officials of Barangay Maidlang led by Chairman Honorata A. Labay.

Clark Rose T. Bautista from the Fishery Management Office (FMO) was also present representing City Environment Officer Wilfredo G. Landicho.

“Masusing tinakay at dininig sa ginanap na Committee hearing noong Pebrero 4, 2019 ang Resolution ukol sa “Maidlang Mangrove and Beach Forest Reserve” na may kapasyahan Blg. 11, Serye 2018…” the city council said.

“Ang pagdinig ay bilang kahilingan at rekomendasyon ng mga opisyales ng pagtatatag ng Maidlang Mangrove and Beach Forest Reserve MPA na may lawak na 60 hectares mangrove area upang patuloy itong maprotektahan at mapangalagaan,” it added.

Labay said that the proposed protected mangrove area will serve as sanctuary for fishes as well as a tourist destination.

“Ayon kay G. Bautista, ang nasabing Maidlang Mangrove ay dumaan sa masusing pagtatasa at pag-aaral noong nakaraang taon at base sa resulta ay mayroon itong mga beach forest species, tirahan ng ibat-ibang mga ibon at may mga tanim ng talisay, narra at iba pang puno,” the city government said.

“Nilaanan na rin ng budget ni City Environment Landicho upang ito ay isulong at maging isang ganap ng MPA. Masasabing angkop at maaari itong maging ika-apat na Marine Protected Area sa Lungsod ng Calapan,” it added.

“Binigyang katiyakan naman ni Councilor Neria batay sa napagkasunduan ng mga miyembro ng SP ang katiyakan ng pag apruba sa nasabing kahilingan ng Barangay Maidlang,” it also said.