By: Lydia C. Pendon
VISITORS and guests to the first Philippine International River Summit here slated on May 30 to June 1, 2012 will be treated to a spectacular site at the more than 20 hectares of wetlands and bird sanctuary in the boundaries of barangays Hinactacan and Banuyao in La Paz district.
City environment and natural resources officer Noel Hechanova reported recently to city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog the almost completed viewing deck for Summit participants to see several species of migratory birds and mangroves growing naturally in the wetlands.
Hechanova disclosed that the Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and sister company Panay Power Corporation (PPC) are in public private partnership (PPP) with the city government in developing the area as the city’s last remaining wetland and home of migratory birds.
The area will have pathwalks for visitors who will be going around the site to enjoy the mangroves and the birds.
Hechanova said the project was conceptualized last year after noting that thousands of migratory birds frequent the wetlands every year. PEDC joined the project and helped the area by planting more mangroves and ensuring the care of the trees.