Netizen Lectures Pamalakaya Chairman for Mangrove Planting Suggestions at Manila Bay

A concerned netizen burned down and lectured the controversial chairperson of PAMALAKAYA, Fernando Hicap for his suggestions that mangrove should be planted at the Manila Bay instead of the white sand solutions made by the DENR.



In an interview with the media, PAMALAKAYA national chairperson, Fernando Hicap claimed that seagrass and mangroves should be promulgated at the Manila Bay ang not the controversial white sand project of the DENR.



Fernando Hicap was quoted as saying "Napakahalaga 'yung seagrass at the mga bakawanan ang kailangan nating patubuin dito sa Manila Bay, hindo po 'yung white sand. Panawagan namin 'yung P389 million na budget dito sa pagtambak ng dolomite ay ilaan sa mangrove reforestation."

The statement of Fernando Hicap caught the attentions of concerned netizen Ryan Deuz J. Luzande who lectured the PAMALAKAYA leader for his misunderstanding regarding the actual uses of mangroves and why they are not effective in sights like the Manila Bay.

According to Luzande, mangroves do not thrive in lower intertidal to subtidal zones under high water salinity.

The concerned netizen stated that he saw some post and articles online calling for DENR to use mangrove instead of dolomite sand in rehabilitation of Manila Bay, while this may sound sustainable, he noted that we need to understand several reasons why mangroves do not grow on certain coastal lines.



Read the Complete Statement by Ryan D. Luzande:

MANGROVES DO NOT THRIVE IN  LOWER INTERTIDAL TO SUBTIDAL ZONES UNDER HIGH WATER SALINITY
By: Ryan Deuz J. Luzande,PGDE,MAED,LPT
19th of September, 2020 at 8:00am

Just now I saw some post and articles online calling for DENR to use mangove instead of dolomite sand in rehabilitation of Manila Bay, while this may sound sustainable, we need to understand several reasons why mangroves do not grow on certain coastal lines.

Please take note that there is an ongoing Mangrove rehabilitation in Bulacan which is still part of Manila Bay, and that some species of mangroves may find the condition in that area more suitable in developing  mangrove forest. We understand the important role of these unique plants  in preventing soil erosion and as shelter, feeding, and breeding ground for fishes, shrimps, crabs, osyters and other marine organisms.

But how come that we can not simply plant mangroves on the site along Roxas boulevard sandy shore? There is a massive failure of some mangrove rehabilitation projects across the globe, mainly due ignorance, political and legal conflicts, although the intention is plausible its execution is terrible.



Restoration of mangroves may also harm other coastal areas affecting healthy habitats existing habitats. Mangroves grow in brackish waters, and it is unfortunate to know that, volunteers planted their seedlings of mangroves on mudflats, sandflats, or sea-grass meadows that can't support the trees, so in turn, those trees died right away or if not under stunted growth and looks really unhealthy and a clear failure of the effort. The most suitable locations are on gently sloping hill bottoms which is above mean sea level and flooded by the tides less than one-third of the time.

Therefore, if you will attempt to adapt this mangrove planting method to save coastal lines in the same area as where the dolomite sand has been installed, which is known to be a non-mangrove habitat then what do you think will happen to all those mangrove seedlings?

It doesn't matter that much whether you plant Rhizophora, Avicennia and Sonneratia, if the planting site is unsuitable, then it will be a disaster. I hope the opposition and wannabe environmentalist and conservationist consider the information provided in this article.

Mangrove forest are important not only for its socio-economic value, and ecological role but also for its function against tidal waves and other causes of coastal erosion. These special plants needed the right care so that they can naturally grow back in their magrove habitat and not to be used anyhow by people from the opposition who knew less about this species of plant.



It is not easy as how some student activist (some are students of natural sciences, tsk) and opposition folks suggests"let's plant mangroves not dolomite sand" if the organism will not thrive in that habitat then it also defeat the purpose, including threats posed by aquaculture against magrove forest in other parts of Manila Bay.

Although it will still take several years to fully restore mangrove forest, it can be done in other part of Manila Bay with possible brackish water environment.

References / Additional Readings:

https://www.nhmi.org/mangroves/phy.htm
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11273-008-9101-y
https://www.google.com/.../it-will-take-decades.../amp/
https://www.google.com/.../manila-bay-mangrove.../amp/
https://www.iucn.org/.../mangroves-%E2%80%93-surviving...
https://medium.com/think.../by-land-and-sea-a1f8ba0f7b64
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/51134

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