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Under the leadership of Dr. Ricardo A. Bitong, Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Government of Casiguran, Aurora conducted the continuation of the Underwater Clean-up at Banlugan/Palengke reef Brgy. Ditinagyan last September 23, 2020 in celebration to International Coastal Clean-up Month.
Through the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) together with the participation of PG-ENRO, OPAg, BFAR-III, Daluhay, and BLGU’s, the Clean-up which was supervised by the Dive Masters Dominador Mahinay and Jesus Cesar became successful and the team removed an approximately 400 kilograms of floater nets wrapped in the coral reefs.
Photos taken during the removal of floater nets wrapped in coral reefs at Banlugan / Palengke reef, Brgy. Ditinagyan, Casiguran, Aurora. (Photo credits to Mr. Teodoro Torio of PG-ENRO and Chester Valencia of MENRO)
“May mga floater nets na 3 to 5 years na sigurong nakalatag sa mga corals at yung iba almost 10 years na kaya tinubuan na ng corals”, stated by Dr. Pajaro of Daluhay when asked about the period of time that the floater nets wrapped in the corals. “Mas makakahinga na yung mga corals ngayon”, she added.
Almost 90% of floater nets were removed and raised through the collaborative efforts of MENRO Jestonee Bitong, Reymar Tercero of OPAg, Teodoro Torio of ENRO, Dr. Marivic Pajaro of Daluhay, Daniel Flores of BFAR-III, For. Mary Jane Aragon of ASCOT, Dominador Mahinay, Jesus Cesar, and a total of 20 concerned individuals from the fisherfolks, MENRO personnel and BLGU’s of Brgy. Ditinagyan who participated in the said activity.
According to Mayor Bitong, “sana hindi na maulit yung mga ganitong paninira sa ating likas na yaman, sisiguraduhin nating maiiwasan na o at least mabawasan ang mga activities na nakakasira sa mga corals hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Ditinagyan kundi sa lahat ng coral reef areas sa ating Municipal waters.”
The aforesaid activity is the continuation of the recent underwater clean-up (August 27, 2020) in support to the establishment of Marine Protected Area / Fish Sanctuary wherein an approximately 250 kg of floater nets were removed.
-Writen by: Jayrome A. Lozano of MENRO
Fast Facts about Casiguran
The town got its name from the native word “KASIGURUHAN” which means safety.
Casiguran was founded in 1609.
The Agtas or Dumagat are the aborigine of Casiguran.
There are two civil reservations for the Agtas in the municipality.
Casiguran is 120 kilometers away from Baler, Aurora.
The Sierra Madre Mountain range runs in the entire length of the municipality.
Casiguran has a peninsular strip land form called “Cape San Ildefonso”
The municipality is composed of 24 barangays.
Barangay Bianoan is the most populated barangay.