TACLOBAN CITY-The mangrove seedling nursery established in one of the barangays in this city is now supplying the needed planting materials for the plantation establishment or tree planting activities for areas devoted to mangrove and beach forest species, a report from the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-8), said.
DENR-8 Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters in an interview that the seedling nursery which costs P1 million established within the mangrove plantation in Anibong district is being managed by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, based in Palo, Leyte in collaboration with officials of Barangay 69, Anibong.
Sibbaluca claims that the nursery is of great help to the mangrove reforestation and beach forest plantation establishment in Tacloban City and the nearby areas.
He added that the nursery has the capacity of 40,000 seedlings per cycle of four to six months depending upon the specie of the mangrove or beach forest tree.
The DENR-8 director explained that in the nursery, the mangrove propagules or the seeds of the beach forest tree species are being potted and the seedlings are taken cared of before planting in the established plantation or reforestation areas in the city or in the nearby towns.
The production of the seedlings is cheaper in the nursery compare to the prices offered by private suppliers which is at P15 per seedling, he added. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)