Folk rising anew to defend Bataan

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    BALANGA, Bataan — Past World War II, folk in this province are moving  anew for yet another defense of historic     Bataan.  This time, they are shielding their  vulnerable coastal province from storm surges that had caused severe     devastation in Tacloban City during  Supertyphoon Yolanda last year. 

    Students of Bataan Peninsula State University   (BPSU) joined Mon-day a bayanihan-themed run in Balanga  City to raise funds for mangrove planting.

    Some 1,200 students under BPSU’s  National Service Training Program (NSTP) joined hundreds more of employees and athletes in the five-kilometer  Bayanihan fun run themed “Survive. Sow. Save. Strive. Strengthen”  which started at Balanga City plaza  towards the BPSU campus.

    “Proceeds of the run will be used to buy mangrove  propagules to be  planted in the storm surge-prone barangays of Sta. Elena and Camachile  in Orion town, and  Barangay Sapa in  Samal town,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Bataan  chief Raul  Mamac. 

    Mamac noted that “mangroves along the shoreline serve as sturdy  and natural barrier against waves  that  bang into coastal communities of  ocean-bound Bataan.”

    “We won’t let poverty, typhoons  or the culture of neglect to ruin what  a beautiful  country we have, and in  your case, a beautiful province,” said  Jose Mari Oquiñena, director general of Philippine Information Agency, who  keynoted the Bayanihan para sa Kalikasan forum in BPSU. 

    This, even as   Mamac stressed the  “need to protect Bataan.” “More projects involving youth participation  are needed more than ever  to raise awareness on the importance of volunteering oneself for critical protection  of environment,” he said.

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