In 2002, Capitol University, then Cagayan Capitol College, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Misamis Oriental provincial government and the local government of the then municipality of El Savador, to undertake the rehabilitation of what was then a depleted mangrove ecosystem in the coastal barangay of Taytay. After more than four years of rehabilitation done mostly through the efforts of the Nautical Science Student Council (NSSC) and the Extension Department of the Research and Extension Office (REXO), it was deemed necessary to assess the status of the project. Thus, in compliance with the MOA signed in 2002, to "conduct studies... on subject/matters relative to the Project" (Sec. G no.3), an impact assessment of the mangrove reforestation was conducted to determine the following:
1. Mangrove and marine species stock in the reforestation area;
2. Socioeconomic status of the fishing community situated close to the reforestation area (2nd phase of the assessment).