DOST, USC hold Boracay coral restoration project turnover

After a year of implementation of Project 5. Pilot Technology Demonstration on Coral Reef Restoration in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, the DOST and USC turned over the project to the local government of Malay. This is one of the highlights during the culmination activities celebrating Boracay Days held at the Boracay Regency Hotel on 18 May 2013.

The turn-over ceremony was led by Hon. Mario Montejo, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, who was also the event’s keynote speaker. He was assisted USC’s Dr. Filipina Sotto, program leader. A CNU (Coral Nursery Unit) was turned over to the Mayor of Malay, Hon. John Yap and his council. For Boracay, a total of 12,988 coral fragments were transplanted to four dive sites namely; Angol Point, Coral Garden, Lobster Rock and Friday Reef and an additional 14,500 coral fragments are reared at the Coral Nursery Units (CNUs).

On the following day, DOST and USC hosted a fellowship and thanksgiving dinner for partner volunteers at the Pearl of the Pacific Boracay Resort. Present during the occasion were members of the Boracay Action Group (BAG) headed by Mayor Yap, the Boracay Association of Scuba Diving Schools (BASS) headed by Mr. Cirilo Tirol, Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative led by Mr. Jose Rodriguez, and the Philippine Army.  Video presentations also highlighted the turnover activity prepared by the project and the diver volunteers.

Source: Department of Biology
             28 May 2013
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