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Protect ecosystem, Boracay stakeholders urged

BORACAY Island, Jan. 30 — The Philippine Conservation (Philincon), a group of Filipino conservationists, urged stakeholders in this resort island including the local government to help conserve its ecology.

Dr. Enrique Sanchez Jr., president of the Philincon, said that they had noted an increasing presence of mosquitoes in this resort island for several months. The increase of mosquitoes can be attributed to the climate change and degradation of ecology in Boracay.

"During long rainy days, the female mosquito has many water containers to lay their eggs. These, coupled with days of sunshine, favors the incubation of their eggs to larval stage up to adult stage. Female mosquitoes need more protein from the human blood in order to produce more eggs to continue their reproductive cycle. Easy ways to find protein is on the high concentration of population in Boracay," Sanchez, also the president of the Panay Conservation and at the same time a veterinarian, said.

To counter the rising presence of mosquitoes in Boracay, he urged for the protection of the microbats also known as insect eating bats considered as endangered in this resort island.

"Microbats are natural predators of mosquitoes and other insects. Depletion in the population of microbats species due to habitat loss means an increase of population of mosquitoes and other insect pests," he said.

In 1990s, one of the tourism attractions was the flying microbats seen in the beach of Boracay during sunset. This scenario had changed during the commercialization of Boracay.

Also, Boracay had been known by conservationists to have the largest fruit eating bats in the world. (PNA)

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