Restoration of mangroves damaged by typhoon

Climate-resilient communities: Restoration of mangroves damaged by Typhoons Ruby and Seniang in Biri, Northern Samar

Two 10-hectare areas, one in each Barangay, were the sites of the mangrove restoration. A total of 20,000 propagules were harvested from nearby mangrove areas and planted. Also, at least 4,000 propagules of alternative species — unsuitable for direct planting at a young age — were collected in community-managed nurseries, to be eventually used to replenish unsuccessful growths and to improve mangrove diversity. Technical support was provided by the Provincial Government of Northern Samar-Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGNS-ENRO).

A total of 165 workers (149 women, 16 men) belonging to the Federation of Northern Samar Community-based Forest Management Peoples’ Organization, Inc. (FNSCBFMPO) — of which Kauswagan is a member — were employed for the sub-project. They were all given at least minimum wages, one-year accident insurance, three months’ contribution to Philhealth, three months’ contribution to Social Security System, personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools.