Aboitiz inks deal with DENR for rehabilitation of Boracay Wetland 4

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — The Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, has entered into a partnership deal with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of Wetland 4 in Boracay.

The memorandum of agreement was signed Monday by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sabin Aboitiz and Aboitiz Foundation Head Maribeth Marasigan.

The conglomerate said the rehabilitation and development of the one-hectare lagoon located in Barangay Balabag will run for three years with at least two phases.

Under the program, Wetland 4 will be developed into a "Linear Urban Park" that will feature a plaza with underground cistern for flood management and a 350-meter floating boardwalk with endemic trees and plants, Aboitiz said.

It will also have a mini amphitheatre, a relief map, an automated weather station, fountains that serve as aerators, and fishing areas, among other features.

Aboitiz will educate the communities around the wetland about the protection, conservation, enhancement and rehabilitation of the island's natural ecosystems as part of the agreement.

Wetland 4 is among the nine wetlands in Boracay that the DENR seeks to restore in line with the rehabilitation of the island.

Boracay has been off limits to local and foreign tourists since April after President Rodrigo Duterte approved  a recommendation from the Environment, Interior and Local Government, and Tourism Departments to close the island.