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Friday, August 19, 2022

Phil Eagle Foundation campaign -AgiLAYA visits Bislig City

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- The local government unit of Bislig City headed by Mayor Florencio C. Garay, with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR)- CENRO Bislig chief Nathaniel E. Racho, warmly welcomed the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) on its  visit to  Caraga Region on August 11 to13, 2022.


Anchored on the theme: “Lasting Freedom from trapping, shooting and habitat loss for our national symbol”, the Behavioral Change Campaign dubbed as "AgiLAYA", was conducted in Bislig City.

The campaign is in line with the 35th anniversary of PEF and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kennedy’s return to the Philippines. PEF accordingly is a non-profit organization that was created to save the endangered Philippine Eagle and its rainforest habitat.

The importance of saving, protecting, and rescuing the eagles is their advocacy, which brought Dr. Robert “Bob” S. Kennedy, Ornithologist, and instigator of Philippine Eagle Research and Conservation, to the Caraga Region.

There were series of activities  during the campaign. On August 12,,  Tree Planting Activity at DENR Arboretum, Sitio Sanyata, San Roque, and "Welcome Dinner" and Press Conference at Highland Function Farm and Restaurant were conducted. 

The following activities happened on August 13, Bislig Birdwatching FB Page Launching, Birdwatching Orientation, and Short Forum at Tinuy-an Falls, in Barangay Burboanan. There was also a Public Talk held at Bislig City Cultural and Sports Center.

Moreover, PEF had an exhibit on the customized t-shirts, jackets, key chains, and other merchandise items wherein the proceeds will be used for the protection and conservation of the Philippine Eagle.

Attendees were Mayor Florencio C. Garay, represented by Mr. Napoleon L. Velez, City Information Officer; Mr. Dennis Salvador, PEF Executive Director and Dr. Jayson Ibanez; Mr. JC Sta. Teresa; Gen. William Hotchkiss III, Chairman, Cantilan Bank; For. Victor B. Sabornido (PENRO)-Surigao del Sur; Hon. Conrad Cejoco, SP Member; PNP-Bislig Personnel headed by PLtCol Micheal B. Lozada; DepEd Bislig Division Personnel and Staff, headed by Ms. Gregoria T. Su, Ph.D., Bislig City Division Superintendent; North Eastern Mindanao State University (NEMSU) Bislig Faculty, Students and Staff. The campaign was featured by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rock Radio, and Radio Bandera. (NGPB/ CIO-Bislig/PIA-Surigao del Sur)