Boracay Tree-Cutting, Construction Banned

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Boracay Tree-Cutting, Construction Banned


Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. imposed yesterday a ban on tree-cutting and construction activities on Boracay Island, Malay town, Aklan.

Atienza imposed the ban following the expiration last month of the construction ban that was earlier imposed by the municipal government of Malay.

He said that banning of tree-cutting and construction work will stop the further destruction of the Island, which is known as one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The DENR chief's strict order will be carried out by Region 6 (Western Visayas) Executive Director Lormelyn Claudio of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

"We have to protect the Island's remaining forest cover and improve the quality and integrity of its environment," Atienza said.

He noted looming problems in the island such as floods that overflow from wetlands during heavy rains, clogging of waterways, and continued construction of illegal structures on the white sand beaches.

"Boracay Island is a national jewel that needs our full protection. The government should take the lead to ensure its sustainable development, not only for this generation but more importantly for the next generations of Filipinos," Atienza said. …

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