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Philippine Eagles fly to Singapore for Breeding Conservation

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As part of the Philippine government’s bid to protect and conserve the critically-endangered Philippine Eagle, a pair named Geothermica and Sambisig has been flown to Singapore yesterday, June 4, in time for the celebration of the 21st Philippine Eagle Week (June 4-10).

Carrying Philippine passports, the said pair is the first of their species to be covered by a wildlife loan agreement for adoption by a foreign country. The passports are said to emphasize the Philippine identity of both eagles and that they remain the property of the Philippine government.

Geothermica is a 15-year-old male Philippine eagle born on January 7, 2004, while Sambisig is a 16-year-old female born on November 17, 2002. Both were hatched and reared at the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Davao City.

The pair will be housed in Jurong Bird Park for the next 10 years for captive breeding under a Wildlife Loan Agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), one of the leading zoological institutions in the world.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that these species are “ideal ambassadors of Philippine biodiversity, perfect for the purpose of generating awareness on the urgent need for conservation.”

“Sending Geothermica and Sambisig to Singapore acts as biosecurity measure to ensure the survival of the species and as a fallback population in the event of catastrophic events like disease outbreaks or extreme natural calamities taking place in their Philippine habitats,” he added.

On board flight PR 507, Philippine Airlines (PAL) airlifted the two eagles from Davao. DENR Assistant Secretary Ricardo Calderon, together with Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Meynardo Montealegre, PEF Chairman Edgar Chua and PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador led the ceremonial “send-off” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Calderon said that with the partnership with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Singapore government commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relationship, the wildlife loan agreement highlighted the importance of the Philippine eagle.

According to the DENR, there are only around 400 pairs of the Philippine eagle left in the wild. With the threat of extinction, sending off the Philippine eagle pair is considered an insurance that the species will not be wiped out in case of a deadly disease outbreak in the Philippines.

 

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PENRO DavNor Conducts Reef and Coastal Clean-up in Samal

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In line with the celebration of this year’s Month of the Ocean, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) through its Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Davao del Norte, conducted a Reef and Coastal Clean-up Drive at the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) last May 22, 2019.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the activity reiterates DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s appeal to the public to protect coastal resources and to cut down on the use of plastics that usually end up in the oceans.

“It is important that we maintain a healthy and garbage free-ocean by practicing waste segregation and proper waste disposal most especially in our coastal areas. This is exactly what is being emphasized in this year’s Month of the Ocean theme Free the Sea from Marine Debris,” Tawantawan said.

With the combined efforts of the DENR, local government units and other agencies, coastal clean-up activities were conducted at Barangays Miranda, Tambo, Camudmud and Villarica. On the other hand, the Reef Clean-up dubbed as “ScuBasurero” were conducted at Barangays Dadatan and Linusutan.

ScuBasurero is an activity being participated in by DENR divers and scuba diver volunteers to clean-up the shores and underwater of coastal areas to conserve its coral reef.

PENR Officer of Davao del Norte Victor T. Billiones said that through this activity, it will further encourage people to conserve the marine resources and make them aware that this clean-up drive needs a concerted effort.

“While these efforts may seem small, we are hoping that the message that we are trying to convey through this activity will have a bigger impact to the people,” he said.

Billiones also extended his appreciation to all agencies who participated and supported the activity such as IGACOS LGU, PCG, DLPC, PNP, SUMIFRO, Toyota Davao, PAF, BFP, KASILAK, DOLE, PAGRO, JK, MERCADO and Davao Reef Divers.

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 issued in 1999, the Month of the Ocean is celebrated in the Philippines every May.

Section 2 of the said Proclamation mandates the DENR and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to spearhead the observance of the MOO in collaboration with the different sectors of the society through the conduct of activities that shall highlight the conservation, protection and sustainable management of the country’s coastal and ocean resources.

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Endemic species spotted!

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Three of the Philippines’ endemic animals has been spotted in the buffer zone of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental. The DENR personnel conducted a 160-trapping day which began in December 2018 using the state of the art camera traps installed in the area.

At least three Philippine Warty Pigs (Sus philippensis) and two Philippine Deers (Cervus mariannus) were documented. According to the DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15’s establishment of List of Terrestrial Threatened Species and their categories pursuant to RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act, these species are vulnerable as its population is already declining.

Three Philippine Macaques (Macaca fascicularis philippensis) were also captured. Unfortunately, they are in the list of Other Threatened Species which means that they are prone to extinction due to its small population.

“The presence and absence of these species indicate the status of our forest and other habitats. If we were able to spot them, it means that we still have a good forest condition and ecosystem dynamics”, said Clint Michael Cleofe, Ecosystems Mgt. Specialist 1, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary/ PENRO Davao Oriental.

The DENR through the implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) in protected areas will continue to exert efforts for the conservation of our species.

Let’s do our share as well. Please do not hurt them nor destroy their natural habitat.

 

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Naboc River Clean-up Drive Commences

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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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87 Sea turtle hatchlings released

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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.

 

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