The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) put the care of Wetland NO. 2 in Balabag, Boracay, back to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after over three years of rehabilitation.
The EDC returned the wetlands to the DENR last February 2, 2022, in conjunction with the commemoration of World Wetlands Day 2022.
In an interview with Radyo Todo, DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran said, Wetland No. 2 is a complete wetland project from EDC and is one of the adopters of DENR under the “Adopt-a-Wetland Program.”
At the celebration held last February 2, Duran formally accepted the coffee table book entitled “Wildlife Treasures” from Mr. Anson M. Tagtag, OIC Chief of Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau.
Sumisimbolo ito ng paglipat ng responsibilidad ng EDC sa DENR para ipagpatuloy ang pangangalaga sa Wetland No. 2 na tinatawag ngayong Boracay Wetland Conservation Area.
This symbolizes the transfer of the EDC's responsibilities to the DENR to continue the protection of Wetland No. 2, which is now called Boracay Wetland Conservation Area.
The rehabilitation started in 2019, wherein varied native species of trees were planted and restored to make the area eco-tourism friendly. The EDC also built a viewing deck to view Mt. Luho and its surrounding areas.
Duran also said that Wetland No. 2 is open to the public since its primary purpose is to be a social laboratory for environmental learnings.
Aside from the turn-over, during the World Wetlands Day 2022 celebration on February 2, several other private companies such as Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc., Boracay Tubi System Inc., and J.G. Summit Petrochemical Corp. were also recognized as partners in wetland conservation.