Establishment of ASCOT-KALMADABA Mangrove Footbridge for Research, Tourism and Other Educational Purposes

This is a project of ASCOT in  collaboration with Kalipunan ng mga Mangingisda sa Dagat ng Baler (KALMADABA). The construction of footbridge started on January 29, 2012 and it was completed on March 26, 2012. There were 1,416 bamboo poles (Gigantocloa levis) used in the construction of this footbridge. It stretches 460m along the mangrove reservation of ASCOT just behind the administration building going to the Forestry nursery. The flooring is made up of bamboo slates thatched with nylon rope. It has three cottages from which anyone can stand by after a walk on the footbridge.

It was established mainly for scientific & educational research, and eco-tourism purposes. It is one of the priority projects of ASCOT-Research Department & the College President, Dr. Eusebio V. Angara.

The footbridge is a perfect place for all environment enthusiasts. It is an ideal place to unwind after a stressful day. To escape from the hurly burly of the noisy and polluted urbanized community, visiting the footbridge is a perfect option.

Along the footbridge is a mangrove forest with different species including the lesser known species in the Philippines and can only be found in Aurora— Kandelia candel, locally known as Bakawan Baler.

To identify the mangrove species along the footbridge, name tags were provided which includes scientific, family, and common names. There are also environmentally inspired quotations put on mangrove trees to remind us the importance of environmental protection.

This project was funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources amounting to PhP400,000.00.