The Municipality of Cordova will soon be home to the first mangrove center in the Visayas.

That, after the Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF) and Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) recently awarded the contract for the construction of the project to Gela Construction.

Work on the two-storey Mangrove Propagation and Information Center (MPIC) in Barangay Day-as, Cordova, which costs P4.9 million, will last for three months.

“Our mission is to make this center as a point of convergence of stored knowledge, research findings, and further studies so our people—students, faculty, scientists, local executives, and civic organizations—will know how to make these mangroves useful to protect us from the elements and keep our town and people safe,” said Metro Pacific Investment Corporation President Jose Ma. Lim.

The MPIC project will be the third mangrove center of MPIF under its Shore It Up campaign, the foundation’s corporate social responsibility program. MPIF’s other mangrove centers are in Alaminos, Pangasinan (Luzon) and Siargao (Mindanao).

MPIC will be established and well-promoted as a place to visit in Cordova and learn about the protection and propagation of mangrove trees, including the rehabilitation of degraded mangroves in coastal communities.

It will also provide information for locals, tourists and guests on the value and benefits of mangroves in our ecosystem.

MPIF and CCLEC will be training mangrove eco-guides to handle the tourists visiting the center and provide an eco-tour to the mangrove forest.

Both MPIF and CCLEC will ensure the program’s sustainability and for the immediate community to benefit from its positive environmental, social and economic impact.

Once completed, the stewardship and maintenance of the facility will be turned over to the local government of Cordova, which will create complimentary programs to support MPIC, such as creating locally-made souvenirs for the center, and hosting research activities and environmental events to sustain its operation.