The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), between the Local Government of Malay, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Boracay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and Tan Yankee Foundation-the financer of “Roots for Boracay Program,” was successful.
The messages from almost all sides connected to the project on Saturday afternoon was that the program is a serious step to take care of the environment, maintain the island and bring back the lost treasure of Boracay.
The project of Tan Yankee Foundation and Tanduay spearheaded by their Chairman Dr. Lucio Tan, is claimed to benefit the island of Boracay since one hectare of coastal area at Lugutan at Sitio Tulubhan, Manoc-Manoc will be planted with mangroves. This is said to be of great help on the problem of Sand Erosion experienced in the island, and on Climate Change.
Utmost gratitude was expressed by Mayor John Yap to the participants of the project. This is allegedly in view of the challenge to maintain the beauty of the island specially that the island was recently awarded the title “2012 Best Beach in the World”
Despite the absence of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje at the event, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-DENR) Director Miguel Cuna attended. The message given from DENR was that since Boracay is said to be overdeveloped, it is time to put things right on what is in the island and “Root For Boracay” is one good step.
Aside from the mentioned personalities, the signing of the MOA was also attended by DENR Region 6 Director Julian Amador, BCCI President Ariel Abram, Presidential Adviser for Climate Change Secretary Elisea Gozun, and Ms, Earth 2012 Ms. Stephany Stefanowitz.