LOOK: Forested mountain in Boracay flattened amid its rehab

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED May 16, 2018 03:06 pm | UPDATED May 16, 2018 03:08 pm

(Inside Manila) A sanctuary to Boracay’s endemic species is being levelled.

Almost three weeks after the island’s six-month closure to undergo environment rehabilitation, a netizen uploaded a video of a backhoe flattening a mountain near the Boracay Ecovillage resort and the Ecovillage Convention Center in Barangay Yapak.

According to the uploader, the video was taken on May 11, but some of the residents said the activity has been going on even before the island’s rehabilitation started.

Barangay Yapak is a home to Boracay’s Flying Foxes that are endemic to the Philippines. These species used to hang from tall trees in the village’s forests.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) earlier said that the government is eyeing for the creation of "critical habitat," after finding out that over 100 hectares of forest lands have been identified to be tagged as such for colonies of Boracay's flying foxes.

The activity left a patch on the mountain, which was covered with trees before, is very visible in the video clip.

Earlier, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said that demolition and construction activities would only be allowed in compliance to the easement rules and regulations.

In a report of Inquirer Visayas, some residents of Barangay Yapak said the area is privately owned and that the purpose of the clearing is yet to be confirmed.



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