The Iloilo City Government shared via Facebook that the City Government is eyeing a 32-hectare property as a proposed mangrove forest in the metropolis. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, together with City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Noel Z. Hechanova and officials of the Global Business Power in Ingore, La Paz, viewed the proposed site overlooking from the top of the coal plant.
“Together with my son, Miguel, and Engr. Noel Hechanova, we went up the PEDC Building to see the overview of the 32 hectares area next to the location of the plant. The said area is our prospect location for our new projects, the City Hospital and the Mangrove Ecopark Forest. Now, we are developing not just the commercial spots of the city but also the far-flung areas to fully level up Iloilo!” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
A mangrove is defined as a shrub or small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water. It is said that mangroves protect shorelines from storms, hurricane winds, waves, and even floods. Moreover, mangroves maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.
It can also be recalled that the City Government is also eyeing for the construction of Iloilo City Hospital in Barangay Hinactacan Lapaz. Treñas also shared that the proposed site is accessible since it has a cemented farm to market road. The proposed hospital will have a 50-bed capacity and will be funded by the Department of Health (DOH) with approximately Php 159 million.