New BMB chief told to bring puka shells back to Boracay
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), the lead agency tasked to conserve the country’s rich biological diversity, has apppointed a new chief and she was told to immediately get on board government efforts to rehabilitate the pollution-challenged Boracay Island.
Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez officially took the helm as BMB chief this week from Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, who is transferring to the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity as its new executive director.
BMB is a staff bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
During the recent turnover ceremony, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gave Rodriguez marching orders to take an active role in bringing back to its pristine state the island first known for the rare puka shells.
“We have a mission in Boracay. My challenge to you now is to bring back the puka shells. The Filipino people from the whole country will be watching you,” Cimatu told Rodriguez.
“We should show to the Filipino people that we would finish what we have started,” he added.
Cimatu has just announced the establishment of a 750-hectare critical habitat for threatened species within the world-famous resort island.
The undertaking is part of the grand plan to restore Boracay’s pristine waters, lush green forests and wetlands.
In response, Rodriguez said she was ready to take on the challenge.
“The Boracay issue is only the tip of the iceberg, and though the task remains to be Sisyphean, it is one task that we will continue to undertake simply because it is what needs to be done,” she said.
“Public opinion and perception of our work prepared us. But forge on, we must, for though it may be bloody, we shall remain unbowed,” she added.