DENR to recover missing wetlands in Boracay
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will recover Boracay’s missing wetlands as the agency seeks to restore the world famous island’s ecosystem.
As part of the six-months rehabilitation of Boracay, four of the nine existing wetlands of the island make up DENR’s priority recovery list.
Wetlands serve as natural water storage and water filter and provides habitat for aquatic plants, fish and wildlife.
As of now, residential structures and commercial buildings sit on these four wetlands.
The wastes generated from these structures figure in the wetlands, and in turn, are transferred to the main beach when high tide occurs.
“We have to find a place for them to be relocated. We will recover the wetlands because this is like the kidneys of the island. But before we ask them to leave the wetlands, of course we have to find a relocation site for them. This is one of the things that we are going to do after the six-month closure,” Cimatu said.
However, Cimatu said recovering the wetlands and transferring the illegal settlers will take time.
He said his office is now searching for a good relocation site for the residents who will be uprooted from their houses that are situated in either one of the nine wetlands of Boracay Island.