City Government, PRA ink MOA on Mangrove Rehab Project
TACLOBAN CITY – A project which will help mitigate the effects of storm surge in coastal communities will be implemented in this City; this is after the City Government and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) inked an agreement for a Shoreline Pond and Mangrove Restoration Project.
On Tuesday, August 8, Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez and Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Janilo Rubiato signed a Memorandum of Agreement at the CMO Boardroom for One Resilient Team Tacloban Project, that will be implemented in two City Barangays.
Barangays Nula-tula and New Kawayan have been identified beneficiaries of the project which is considered a soft-infrastructure initiative for storm surge and flood prone areas. The barangays were identified after a series of consultation with local and national government agencies, and following the recommendation of Foundation Wetlands International- the project’s consultant.
The project which will be funded using the $ 135, 275 worth of Seed Fund won by the PRA and Private Group One One Architecture from Global Resilience Challenge Water Window will have a duration of 18 months.
According to Rubiato the primary target of the project is the reforestation of some 15 hectares of mangrove area affected during Super Typhoon Haiyan. It will also have a capability and livelihood component as it will hire locals who will implement and maintain the project.
A resiliency training for the host community is also being targeted, the PRA General Manager said.
The project is included in the Tacloban Disaster Risk Reduction Master plan, a systematic plan on disaster identification and management crafted by the Local Government Unit after it was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Meanwhile, Mayor Romauldez expressed delight over the project, which she said, will contribute remarkably to the resiliency and disaster capabilities of the two barangays. She added, that the City is making headway with its DRR Master Plan because of the project.
Those who witnessed the MOA Signing included City Administrator Atty. Irene Chiu, City Environment and Natural Resources OfficerJonathan Hijada, Executive Assistant Bobby Muñoz, City Planning Office Representative Janice Canta and other Officials of PRA. –HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photos by Tim Canes