Boracay’s Mangroves To Be Rehabilitated

2 August 2012

BORACAY ISLAND, Kalibo (PNA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently entered into an agreement with the stakeholders of Boracay Island for the rehabilitation of its mangrove areas.

The signing of the agreement was followed by an initial planting recently of more than 700 bakauan species along the coast of Sitio Lutugan, Barangay Manoc-Manoc and the unveiling of the billboard for the proposed boardwalk in the area.

A ceremonial lighting of the boulevard to ensure cleanliness of the place and promotion of the place as an eco-tourism project capped the event.

The "Roots for Boracay Mangrove Rehabilitation Project" will cover some 8,362 square meters as initial target of the initiative to restore the mangrove vegetation of the island.

Meanwhile, Environmental Management Bureau director, lawyer Juan Miguel Cuna, who represented DENR Secretary Ramon Paje in the signing of the agreement, underscored the role of mangroves as a fish sanctuary and its importance in climate change mitigation and adaptation.