Mangroves: Trees of Life


Zhenberg M. Zozobrado¹, Iancid C. Magbanua¹


VMA Global College¹, Philippines

Date Published: 

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 16:00

Mangroves are ecologically and economically important because they harbour and support a variety of commercially important fauna such as fish, crabs, and shrimps among others. It does not only prevent coastal and riverbank erosion caused by typhoons and strong waves but also protects property and livelihood from storm impacts. This study was conducted to determine the importance of mangrove to the local residents of Brgy. Punta Taytay, Bacolod City. Descriptive research design was employed using survey questionnaire as the data gathering instrument. Stratified random sampling was used to determine the three hundred (301) respondents who are the heads of the family. Findings shows that majority of the respondents have reached the high school level with Php 1000.00 – Php 5000 monthly income and have stayed at Brgy. Punta Taytay for more than (20) years. The residents are very aware of the species of mangroves, its location, the method of planting and the marine associated species (m=3.90). Moreover, the residents admitted that they are very aware (m=4.10) of the economic importance of Mangrove and they are completely aware (m=4.50) of its contributions as wind and wave breakers, bird and wild life sanctuary and marine breeding ground. To sum it up, respondents are very aware (m=4.20) of the economic and environmental importance of mangroves. Recommendation is for the VMA Community Extension Services together with the Local Government Unit of Brgy. Punta Taytay to continue their advocacy on Mangrove Protection and Reforestation campaign to the local residents on the importance and protection of mangroves.


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