Streambank Rehabilitation


Coco matting 1

Indeed ‘the tree of life’ has other special uses. Photo shows coconut-husk –fibers-woven-into-mats covering some 96 square meters portion of an embankment of Mulawin-Maahas Creek in Barangay Maahas, Los Baños, Laguna in an effort to prevent further erosion and stabilized it. The coco-mat will serve as initial cover to conserve the soil. Vetiver grass will be planted over the coco-matting. Vetiver is an excellent erosion control plant with its roots growing deeper than some tree roots, best as stabilizing hedge for stream banks, terraces, and rice paddies. The coco-mat serves as initial cover and will provide nutrients for the vetiver grass. As the vetiver grass stabilizes its roots on the soil underneath the coco-mat through time, the coco-mat will decay and become food for the grass.

The streambank stabilization of Maulawin-Maahas Creek is being done by the DENR Region 4A CALABARZON through its PENRO Laguna provincial office based in Barangay Lalakay in Los Baños, Laguna. The DENR, officials and residents of barangays Maahas and San Antonio, and the office of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of the municipality of Los Baños, and selected students of Laguna State Polytechnic University, rehabilitation, recently conducted clean-up of the creek and collected some 50 sacks-full of various household wastes such as disposable diapers, food wrappers, clothing, bottles and bicycle tires. They also planted some 400 seedlings of indigenous forest trees and fruit bearing trees as part of the streambank rehabilitation. (Photo by Matha Bernadette Gealon, Information Officer)