DENR releases endangered sea turtles in Boracay to celebrate Ocean’s Month
Aileen Cerrudo • May 2, 2019 • 1796
The Department of Environment and Naturan Resources (DENR) has released three endangered hawksbill turtles in Boracay in celebration of Ocean’s Month.
On Wednesday morning (May 1) the department released the hawksbill turtles in the ocean to live normally in their natural habitat.
Director of DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dr. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez said they prefer them to live in their natural habitat and reproduce rather than live in an enclosed aquarium.
“So we want them to grow in their natural habitat. Hindi iyong nasa loob lang ng isang aquarium or nasa isang palanggana (Not live inside an aquarium or in a basin). And of course, that’s part of conservation. We want them to swim freely around, hopefully find their mate, hopefully reproduce,” she said.
The DENR assured that the turtles are healthy and in good condition to survive in the ocean. They also placed tags on the turtles to be able to carefully monitor them.
They also advise the public to leave the turtles alone in case they see the turtles swimming in the ocean.
“Huwag silang hulihin. Huwag silang kunin. Huwag silang hawakan. Huwag nang lapitan. Just let them be, (Don’t catch them. Don’t poach them or touch them. Just let them be)” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
Malacañang on Thursday (Aug 15) reminded tourists — both locals and foreign nationals — to follow rules implemented in the Philippines.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed disappointment over the incident in Boracay where a foreign tourist allowed her son to poop in the shoreline then buried the dirty diaper in the sand.
“It’s a violation. Of course, we are not happy about that. That is not good because we are supposed to be cleaning it then some people are messing it up, right? That’s not good,” Panelo said.
He added that violators will face charges if they do not follow the rules.
“Well, there are rules and regulations in that place. So everyone is expected to—whether foreigner or Filipino tourists alike, they have to follow rules and that obviously is a violation so they would be subject to suits,” he added.
Panelo also suggested placing portable restrooms to help the tourists.—AAC
SINGAPORE – A pair of Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) received a warm welcome from staff at Jurong Bird Park, their home for the next 10 years.
On May 20 this year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed a loan agreement with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in a move to save the species from extinction.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year included the Philippine Eagle in its endangered list of wildlife as there are some 180 to 500 mature eagles remaining in the country.
The eagle pair, named “Geothermica” and “Sambisig”, are recognized as ambassadors for Philippine biodiversity, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
“Geothermica” and “Sambisig now join the close to 3,500 birds being taken cared of at Jurong Bird Park, the largest bird park in Asia.
The sanctuary houses around 400 bird species, of which 20 percent is threatened.
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