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CoastChella 2017 initiates cause through tree growing activity

Volunteers help each other plant saplings during the activity. Photo by Ram Manlatican

CoastChella’s pioneering batch set up its first initiative through mangrove growing activity last June 8 at the Cleanergy Park in the coastal area of Brgy. Matina Aplaya.

The tree growing activity, which named as “DespaSEAto: Saving the Seas, Slowly But Surely”, was under the program of Bring Back the Color’s #50ShadesofGreen.

The 20 CoastChella ‘Color Guardians’, who underwent a three-day camp training in Island Garden City of Samal last June 3-5, led the tree growing activity along with some volunteers from the Ecoteneo community.

DespaSEAto eyed the Aboitiz-owned Cleanergy Park as its recipient. The private park covers around eight hectares of land area and surrounded by the Davao Gulf Coast which is under environmental supervision of the City Government of Davao.

The coastal area is also known for nesting sea turtles. Cleanergy Park also provides rehabilitation care for rescued sea turtles. For now, the park is monitoring and giving extra care for two sea turtles—an Olive Ridley and a Hawksbill sea turtles.

CoastChella participant Christian Mark Labiano shared that the event was a product of the collaboration between the environmental scientists, the color guardians, and the CoastChella camp mentors.

“As a color guardian, I see this activity as a symbol of our mission to bring back the color on our coasts and in our oceans. Yes, we planted mangroves but our responsibility doesn’t end there. We have to make sure that we plant them at the right location and that we look after them if they really thrive. That is why we geo-tagged each of the mangroves to monitor their survival,” he added.

Moreover, according to Community Relations Manager Fermin Edillon, Cleanergy Park is the brand statement of Aboitiz and Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) which depicts “that they care for the Mother Earth.”

Among the institutions involved were Young Southeast Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Cleanergy Park under Aboitiz and DLPC, Mindanao Youth Development Center, Inc., and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

DespaSEAto was also part of the month-long, city-wide eco-fest of Davao City.

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