87 Sea turtle hatchlings released

A total of 87 sea turtle hatchlings were released into the shores of Toril, Davao City last April 15, 2019. The releasing of these hatchlings was initiated by the Therma South, Inc. (TSI) in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI).

The nest was discovered along the coast of TSI in Binugao, Toril last February 23, 2019. Currently, there are already 3 nests that have been discovered within the compound of the coal-fired power plant.

This 2nd batch of hatchlings is named “Team Exodus” as it hatched just before the Holy Week season. The 1st batch, dubbed as "Team Stingray" after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s son, was released last March 29, 2019.

TSI Vice President and Plant Manager Valentin S. Saludes III said that sea turtles nesting and hatching in a coal-fired power plant is not an everyday sight. “The presence of these pawikans is a good indicator that we are delivering on our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Therma South Inc. is an AboitizPower subsidiary which is the owner and operator of the 300-megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant. Aside from responsibly operating the plant, TSI has been conducting monthly coastal cleanups since 2016 and has facilitated information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns with the host communities on safe and sustainable fishing practices.

In the Philippines, there are 5 sea turtle species that are known to occur. These are Green Turtle; Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, and Leatherback Turtle. Under the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN, the Hawksbill turtle is categorized as critically-endangered while Green and Loggerhead turtles are categorized as endangered. On the other hand, Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles are categorized as vulnerable.




Naboc River Clean-up Drive Commences

Approximately 1,600 kilograms of wastes, mostly non-biodegradable, were collected during the clean-up activity in Brgy. Mt. Diwata and Brgy. Naboc in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The clean-up activity is one of the phases for the Naboc River rehabilitation. It was successfully done through the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-XI through its Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) in ComVal. The activity was also participated in by various stakeholders composed of Barangay Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other volunteers from the province.

This is the second clean-up activity conducted since Naboc River Rehabilitation program kicked off in mid-March 2019.


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