In line with the Environment Month Celebration in June, some employees who are senior citizens and PWDs participated in the learning event conducted on June 16, 2017 at the Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest (PMEF) in Pagbilao, Quezon.

The visit gave the senior citizens and PWDs the chance to learn the ongoing RDE activities of the PMEF through the LAUFTERC-CALABARZON Research Station Head, Ms. Marlene Melarpis.

Currently, the 145-hectare Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest is home to 48 true mangrove and mangrove associate species. The place was originally established in 1977 by the then Forest Research Institute (FORI) as a secondary forest. However, in 1992 it was declared by the Canadian Seed Center as a Genetic Resource Center. Later, the site became the first mangrove research center in the country. It also serves as a recreational area and eco-destination. Accordingly, many visitors have been in the area as tourists especially students visiting the place to observe the mangrove species.

The group also had the chance to see the Clonal Propagation Facilities in Pagbilao. Aside from the Clonal facilities, there are still other ongoing construction such as the training center and other offices.

The group also toured the Mangrove area through the canopy walk wherein some mangrove species were seen along the way which were introduced by Ms. Melarpis.

The learning event made the senior citizens and PWDs appreciate the mangrove forest which is one of the precious God-given natural resources that needs to be conserved and protected. Salvacion T. Orobia, TTD