Photo Releases

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force led by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat (1st and 2nd from left) acknowledge the adoption of Wetlands No. 3 by San Miguel Corporation (SMC). SMC will develop the wetland by constructing a boardwalk using the floating deck system, an amphitheatre, and an observation deck. At the foot of the mountain, there will be a butterfly farm, vegetable garden and fruit bearing trees. The garden will be tended by the local Ati. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from right) and Interior and Local Secretary Eduardo Año (3rd from left) unveil the marker for Boracay’s Wetland No. 4. The DENR has partnered with Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. to convert the one-hectare lagoon into a "linear urban park" with a plaza and boardwalk with trees and plants endemic to Boracay to rebuild the land's biodiversity. Also in photo are representatives of Abotiz (left), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores (3rd and 4th from right, respectively). ###

Boracay residents and guests will soon have a new kind of riding experience when Grab electric buses start to ply the island’s main road when it reopens on October 26. Grab will field eight of its 50 buses for free on opening day until December 2018. The buses are fully air-conditioned, equipped with CCTV and wi-fi. The e-buses will pick up and drop off passengers only in designated bus stops. The buses are part of the partnership between the Department of Transportation and Grab to help reduce air pollution and lessen the carbon footprint of the world famous island destination. ###

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu shakes hands with Michael Martillano of the Boracay Business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS) following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Aklan and BBASS for the protection of the biodiversity of Boracay Island. BBASS will, among others, assist the DENR in the conduct of a rapid marine biodiversity assessment, and organize/activate existing patrol groups to enforce the agreed policies on designated snorkeling and dive sites in Boracay Island. ###

Members of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force led by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from right) listen as Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog (extreme right) turns over trash bins to the Task Force for use in Boracay. The donation of trash bins aims to make that "Juan Effect" even with small acts of proper garbage disposal which will contribute to sustainable tourism. Others in photo are from left: Secretaries Arthur Tugade of DOTr, Mark Villar of DPWH, Eduardo Año of DILG and Berna Romulo-Puyat of DOT. ###