Courtesy call and activity briefing with Hon. Rene B. Borinaga, Bien Unido Municipal Mayor and CRM Officer designate Ms. Ginalyn B. Pala

Bohol is one of the worst-hit provinces during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Odette last December 16, 2021.

The typhoon’s devastation was not confined to lives and property.

The extent of damage also affected the ecosystem and natural resources, including mangroves that constitute the essential life support system to local communities.

Some of the damaged Sonneratia alba in Brgy. Tagum Norte, Trinidad, Bohol.

Because of the enormity of the devastation inflicted by typhoon Odette, Bohol has been declared under a state of calamity.

As the research arm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stationed in the Visayas region, the DENR 7 requested the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism, Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) to provide technical assistance in the comprehensive site assessment to determine the extent of damage to mangrove areas created by the typhoon in the province of Bohol.

As of this writing, the mangrove assessment is ongoing since March 7, 2022.

The local chief executives of the second district of Bohol expressed their dedicated support for the mangrove damage assessment.

Despite their tight schedules owing to the upcoming election, they engaged themselves in the activity organization and in securing mobilization in each of the target barangays to ensure the meeting of objectives.

The LGUs’ technical support teams come from the Municipal Agriculture Offices (MAO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Offices (MENRO), Coastal Resource Management Offices (CRMO), Municipal Tourism Offices (MTO), Barangay LGUs(which included Kagawads and Bantay-dagatpersonnel).

Mayor Rene B. Borinaga of Bien Unido, Bohol is grateful for this initiative of the DENR, noting that it is timely for the municipality’s coastal resource evaluation in search of areas for ecotourism development.

She added that the results and findings of the activity will be used as inputs to the provincial programs aimed at promoting Bohol’s local economic development.

The strides of mangrove damage assessment by a composite DENR7-CRERDEC-LGU team are being boosted by the active support of Local Chief Executives (LCE) and the knowledge that it contributes to the LGU’s efforts of providing an enabling environment for their constituents.

Manifestation by LCEs like Hon. Mayor Borinaga is not just an extra push to arriving at the desired result but an essential ingredient to achieving our common goal for the environment and natural resources.//CVRallos, CRERDEC