65-year-old man plants 10,000 mangroves for 8 years to protect his house from the big waves during typhoon

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  • A 65-year-old man in Leyte has planted 10,000 mangroves for 8 years
  • He did it to protect his home from the big waves brought about by typhoons
  • At the same time, he wanted to provide a breeding ground and a place for marine life to inhabit

The recent typhoons have made everyone worry about how nature can be so unforgiving at times. But maybe humankind has to receive a part of the accountability.

Image via Dan Niez | Facebook

Over the years, illegal logging has denuded our mountains leading to flooding in our communities. But what have we done so far to prevent this?

A 65-year-old man in Matalom, Leyte lives in a coastal area and he knew that big waves brought about by typhoons can pose danger to his nearby home. So to prevent that from happening, he planted 10,000 mangroves in Punong Village for 8 years as a solution.

According to a feature by the Philippine News Agency, Gary Dabasol just picked seedlings of mangroves species like miyapi, pagatpat, and bakawan along his area and he is now reaping the benefits of his plants.

In an interview with the PNA, he said. “I’m glad that I was able to inspire people. I hope that they will also follow what I am doing. I also want to contribute to higher marine production by cultivating a spooning area for fish, crabs, and shrimps and other species.”

A netizen named Dan Niez from Hilongos town was the one who shared Dabasol’s story on social media. He came there for a short break and noticed how different it was from several years ago when it was still an open space along the shoreline.

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He hoped that by sharing tatay Dabasol’s accomplishment, it will inspire others to follow his example in protecting the environment and marine ecosystem. He also wished that the government would support him because what he did is extraordinary for one person.

According to Ecoviva, aside from its role in coastal defense, mangroves have many other benefits. It provides a nesting and breeding habitat for marine animals. They help in maintaining water quality since they filter and trap sediments, heavy metals, and other pollutants. They eliminate carbon in the atmosphere two to four times greater than the mature tropical rainforest.

It is never too late to start caring for our environment. We are not the only ones who will benefit from it but the future generations as well.

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Facebook, PNA, Ecoviva