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Fernando assures protection of Bulakan Mangrove Ecopark against soon-to-rise Bulacan airport

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Governor Daniel R. Fernando, (in front of the governor) Guides Alliance of Bulacan At Your service (GABAY) President Erwin Valenzuela and World Federation of Tour Guide Associations Global Ambassadress Maricar Donato together with other GABAY officers and Youth for Eco-tourism Society (YES) Club members pose a number one sign before planting 350 mangrove propagules during the “Baka One: An Adopt-a-Mangrove Acre Planting Day for Conservation, Preservation and Propagation for a Sustainable Ecotourism Tomorrow” held at the Bulakan Mangrove Ecopark, Sitio Wawang Capiz, Bambang, Bulakan recently. Also in the photo is (left of Valenzuela) Bulakan Tourism Officer Benjo M. Cruz. (Photo courtesy of PPAO )

CITY OF MALOLOS — Governor Daniel R. Fernando assured the Bulakenyos that the 24.5-hectares Bulakan Mangrove Ecopark with 300,000 mangroves will be spared from the construction of the soon-to-rise Bulacan airport and that the Provincial Government will do its part to support its development during the “Baka One: An Adopt-a-Mangrove Acre Planting Day for Conservation, Preservation and Propagation for a Sustainable Ecotourism Tomorrow” held at the eco-park located in Sitio Wawang Capiz, Bambang, Bulakan recently.

“This is the first time na nakapunta ako dito at napakaganda pala. Kailangan na makita ito ng mga henerasyon na darating. Sa mga nangyayari ngayon katulad ng climate change, kinakailangan nating alagaan ito. We need to see the beauty of our nature, at kung hindi natin aalalayan ito, wala na silang aabutan, ang mga anak natin,” the governor said.

The program anchored on the theme “Being One with Nature is the Core of Life” initiated by the Guides Alliance of Bulacan At Your service (GABAY) and Youth for Eco-tourism Society (YES) Club in coordination with the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Municipality of Bulakan and Department of Tourism launched the first of their five-year project in which they have already planted 350 propagules of mangrove.

GABAY President Erwin Valenzuela highlighted the importance of a mangrove park saying it is a home for many marine species like fishes, amphibians and migratory birds, as well as its advantages in the ecosystem by trapping carbon monoxide and producing oxygen.

“Hindi lang tayo ngayon magtatanim, masusundan pa ito. Kasi we want it to be sustainable so that it will be a big help to the community and so we could promote responsible ecotourism,” Valenzuela said.

Meanwhile, the World Federation of Tour Guide Associations Global Ambassadress Maricar Donato admired the eco-park and said that their association with 110 member countries and over a hundred thousand tourist guide members around the world will surely love the place.

“You are pioneering all of this. I never saw anything so good and so advanced. I hope the Philippines will bid for the hosting of the International Tourist Guide Day on 2023 so tourist guides from all over the world could enjoy nature and talking to the trees here,” Donato said. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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ROSETH Eleogo Reyes or RR Eleogo is one of the owners of RONDA Balita. A single mother from Bulakan, Bulacan, and formerly an account officer and columnist of NewsCore, a local newspaper in Bulacan. She also worked in quality control department of Mighty Corporation. A part-time advertising representative of Remate, a national newspaper. She served as Director of Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc. Bulacan Chapter and member of National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)- Bulacan Chapter. She won recently as Board of Directors of Bulacan Press Club.

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