After the recovery of another encroached wetland in Aklan’s world famous Boracay Island from illegal occupants, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it will soon start the restoration of the “dead forest.”
Natividad Bernardino, an agency director who serves as the general manager of the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group, said they were able to clear an 8.5-hectare wetland in Barangay Manoc-Manoc of illegal structures with 31 families from the Tumandok tribe occupying the place.
The displaced families were transferred to lands awarded to them by the government.
“That’s hitting two birds with one stone,” she said.
The recovery of wetland no. 6 is in compliance with Executive Order 53 that created the DENR-led Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force to reverse the degradation of the world-famous resort island.