THE Cagayan de Oro port was recognized by some Asian countries recently for its program in mitigating the effects of pollution wafted at the portside through its ship-to-shore program.

Ship-to-shore facility, an initiative of former port manager Efren B. Bollozos, supplies power energy to docked ships using electricity from the port area.

“Through this, vessels would no longer use the traditional bunker fuel-energized power to have electricity and light up the ships,” said Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Cagayan de Oro information officer Jessica Densing-Angeles.

Angeles said Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam have expressed their appreciation of the program, which lessens the effects of pollution at sea caused by emissions from bunker fuel.

Other Asian countries intend to adopt the program, Angeles said.

She added that the international port here was the first to have such a facility.

To boost its environment programs, PPA-Cagayan de Oro will hold its eighth-year mangrove planting at Pangayawan, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental next week.

Around 10,000 mangrove propagules have already been planted since 2002 in Barangay Bulua, this city, and in Taytay, El Salvador in Misamis Oriental.

During the planting, port personnel will inventory its planted specie.

In Taytay, the local government unit (LGU) maintains the grown mangrove in cooperation with several non-government organizations in the area.

article by Loui S. Maliza

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