Aklan SP requires establishments to give back to nature

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Aklan has approved an ordinance of the local government of Malay requiring establishments in Boracay Island to plant 100 trees for every 100 tourists they accommodate in a year.

The “100 tourists, 100 trees” policy will also be a requirement for the establishments for the renewal of their business permits.

This policy is embodied under Malay Ordinance No. 469 Series of 2022 which also states that trees will be planted at identified tree planting zones or sites. (

SP member Jay Tejada said the ordinance will be included in the Provincial Environment Code that pushes for the preservation of trees and other natural resources in protected areas.

Barangay councils could also be involved in the implementation of said ordinance when establishment owners have not identified lots or sites where they could plant the 100 trees, said Tejada, also chairperson of the Committee on Environment.