Committed to living out its #OneAboitizSustainability Framework, the Aboitiz Group completed its efforts in the wetland protection and rehabilitation of Boracay Wetland No. 4. This is a joint project with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
As a linear urban park, the Balabag Wetland Park will feature recreational activities using low-impact eco-tourism designs; educational advocacies by generating awareness of the importance of wetlands; and experiential opportunities by allowing the local community, students, and even tourists to participate in safeguarding its sustainability through clean up drives, regular maintenance, and protection initiatives.
Aboitiz strongly advocates for the rehabilitation of the country’s wetlands as a means of protecting and preserving Philippine biodiversity.
“The Aboitiz Group fully supports the mission of the DENR and the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force to rehabilitate the island, in order to ensure its sustainability and prevent further degradation of its rich ecosystem. With the government’s support, the Boracay that we are co-creating and leaving to our children is a community that is safe, empowered, and sustainable,” said by Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and CEO of Aboitiz Group.
Since the Balabag Wetland Park’s adoption by Aboitiz in 2018, several improvements have already been made: aerators have been installed to improve water quality; 3D signages were constructed for tourists and locals to use as social media post backdrops; a community centre has been completed which serves as an open activity area; perimeter landscaping and pavements have been completed, allowing for leisurely walks in nature; and a parking area is made available for visitors who which to go to the park.