A social program that will engage people, both locals and tourists, whose affinity with Boracay spills over to actively participating in initiatives to SAVE, PROTECT, and PRESERVE the mangroves of Boracay Island.
Recently, Tan Yan Kee and Tanduay were lauded recently, recognizing their initiatives in giving protection to the environment and surrounding of Boracay, as well as for the donations that they have given the municipal government.
Manoc-manoc Brgy. Captain Sualog and Mayor Yap awarded Dr. Tan a Plaque of Recognition, Certificate of Appreciation and a resolution. All of it cited Tan for his big contribution and support to the Boracay Beach Management Program which spearheaded the planting of mangroves in Sitio Lugutan, Brgy. Manoc-manoc.
In his message, Dr. Tan said, “The Signing of MOA between DENR, Municipality of Malay, Tanduay and Tan Yan Kee Foundation is a proof of our commitment to help preserve this island’s ecological balance. We recognized that “ROOTS FOR BORACAY” is a modest undertaking, but it is an important first step to help SAVE this island – Paradise for our important children. Mangrove reforestation is key to reviving marine life; it also prevents soil erosion that could ruin Boracay’s world famous powdery white-sand beaches. I’m a frequent visitor of Boracay, I have seen personally the toll that over-development has taken on this Island. However, I also note the tireless efforts of business groups, the tourism council, government officials and local residents in preserving the island, I’m happy and proud that Tanduay is now part of those efforts. Our company is no stranger to such initiatives, as a responsible corporate citizen, we help where we can. Tanduay led the clean-up of Estero de San Miguel beside Malacañang Palace. It also adopted, and is currently preserving rivers in Cabuyao, Laguna and Lian, Batangas where Tanduay’s facilities are located. Other Lucio Tan companies like Asia Brewery and Absolute Distillers have won local and international recognition for its efforts to help preserve the environment.
Today, I’m happy that we are here to help in our own little way. I want to thank all of you, Sec. Gozun, Director Cuna, Mayor Yap, and all those who volunteered to make this project a success.
The “ROOTS FOR BORACAY” a project is truly something to be proud of. It brings us closer to the Confucian philosophy of humans and nature becoming one. On that note, I thank you once again and wish you all the best in your mission of preserving Boracay for generations to come,” Dr. Tan added.
After signing the MOA, the group proceeded to Sitio Lugutan Mangrove Park for the Ceremonial Unveiling of Boardwalk Project and Lightning of Boulevard. By Bam Luces/Reprinted as published by Panay News (August 12, 2012)