DENR 13 exec appeals for protection of Philippine eagle
By Eric F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 26 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonie M. Tamayo made a strong appeal to the public and the indigenous people living at the high places in Caraga Region to ensure the safeguard and preservation of the Philippine eagle and other critically endangered species of birds .
“We must allow the Philippine eagles to multiply their kinds in the forest wilderness and protect them from being harmed by people through game hunting,” Tamayo said. He said that based on reports reaching the DENR, there are Philippine eagles sighted in some high places with dense forest in the region.
“I reiterate my appeal to the people to protect and preserve the Philippine Eagles,” Tamayo said. The DENR official made the appeal in the aftermath of the death of Pamana, a 3-year old female Philippine eagle after it was shot possibly by game hunters at Mt. Hamiguitan Range in San Isidro, Davao Oriental on August 10. Pamana’s remains were in a stage of decomposition when found near a creek below the thick forest.
The Philippine eagle is one of the world’s largest birds of prey and is larger than the American bald eagle. It was declared an endangered species in 1965. The Philippine eagle locally known as “ haribon” is endemic to the Philippines known to inhabit the forest in Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
The Philippine eagle is protected under Republic Act No. 9147 of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. The law provides a penalty of imprisonment of between six to 12 years or a fine of between P 100,000 and P1 million for the killing of critically endangered species.
It is estimated that there are only about 400 adult pairs remain in the country’s forests where timber poaching activities and slash and burn farming (kaingin) threaten their survival. (PIA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
SurSur guv to host dinner, cultural presentation for Indonesian visitors
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 26 (PIA) – Governor Johnny Pimentel is set to host a “Dinner and Cultural Presentation” here on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city, for a group of Indonesian visitors who will be on “Field Visit” on August 26-28.
According to Milagros Arreza, provincial population officer, the visit has something to do with “Internship of Indonesian Implementers on Decentralization System and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program.”
Several weeks ago, Arreza has already announced during one of the flag ceremony programs at the capitol lobby the coming of the Indonesian guests.
Earlier, coordination has already been made by no less than Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population through a letter dated July 2, 2015 addressed to Hinatuan Mayor Candelario Viola, Jr. with a corresponding “Itinerary of Travel/Program of Activities” attached to it.
The guests are set to go to the towns of Hinatuan and Cagwait as well as Tandag City, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)