MANILA, Nov. 29 – Metro Manila residents can soon expect a world-class ecological tourist attraction in the heart of Quezon City that will offer them a breather from the smog while learning all about the importance of conserving the country’s biodiversity.
This, after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced it is redeveloping the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) as a world-class ecotourism site.
“This is how NAPWNC is being redeveloped by DENR, according to Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje.
“Filipinos, young and old alike, will soon be able to enjoy a first-rate ecotourism center which is not only affordable and environment-friendly, but also a perfect venue for biodiversity conservation that will educate visitors on Philippine endemic flora and fauna,” he said.
The master plan for the redevelopment of the 22.7-hectare park was conceived recently by a group of renowned urban planners Palafox and Associates. The estimated cost of implementation is P500 million.
The DENR secretary hopes for a partnership with the private sector in financing the park’s redevelopment.
“Our resources are very limited, whereas the private sector has the much needed business and technical expertise. Their participation will be very much welcomed, following certain investment guidelines because the park is a protected area,” he said. (PNA)