The Province of Quezon recently awarded the top performing coastal barangays which participated in last year’s massive mangrove planting activity, Quezon’s 2-in-1.
The chosen barangays showed their dedication not only during the planting of 2 million mangrove propagules last June 30, 2012, but also in the bigger challenge of keeping the propagules alive and healthy after the event. 11 barangays from hundreds qualified for the final presentation, but only three were given the highest honor.
First place and Php 300,000.00 worth of projects from the provincial government went to Barangay Calutcot of Burdeos, Quezon. Barangay Binulasan of Infanta, Quezon followed in second place, receiving Php 200,000.00 worth of projects, while Barangay Talisoy of Jomalig, Quezon placed third with Php 100,000.00 worth of projects.
The three barangays were also conferred with plaques of recognition bearing the title "Best Performing Barangay on Mangrove Maintenance and Protection Under Securing Quezon's Future Program Quezon's 2 In 1 Project".
Despite not making it to the top three, the remaining 8 barangays of Aluyon, Burdeos; Balungay, Panukulan; Libo, Panukulan; Matangkap, Panukulan; Binonoan, Infanta; Cawayan, Real; Olongtao, Macalelon; and Sta. Teresa, Lopez still received Php 50,000.00 worth of projects from the province as consolation.
The Provincial Government – Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO) and representatives from different sectors of the provincial government facilitated the judging during the final presentation of the 11 top performing barangays. This was to find out and make sure that aspects aside from environmental sustainability – such as income generation, tourism, and disaster mitigation – are also being touched by the improvement of mangrove growth in the province.
More than regular site clean-ups, systematic measuring of growth and spacing, and the occasional replenishment planting, the creation of ordinances and memorandums of agreement to protect the mangroves were considered. The judges also looked into the level of awareness the barangay have in terms of benefits derived from mangrove foliage, such as protection from seaside erosion and larges waves brought forth by typhoons.
According to the latest data compiled by the PG-ENRO, 70% or a total of 1,940,139 mangroves from over two million propagules planted last year survived.
The presentation of awards was held last August 18, 2013, together with those of the booth competition winners in the Niyogyugan Festival 2013. (Quezon PIO)