DENR releases endangered sea turtles in Boracay to celebrate Ocean’s Month

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 2, 2019   •   1979

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)

Chinese tourist dead, 27 rescued in Boracay boat mishap

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese national died while 27 others were rescued after an island-hopping boat capsized in waters off Boracay Island on Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said its personnel from Boracay sub-station were able to rescue 25 tourist passengers as well as three crew members of the boat.

However, the rescuers failed to revive a 45-year old female tourist despite performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Three other female passengers who needed medical assistance were brought to the nearest hospital.

“They have regained consciousness and are declared safe and in good condition,” the PCG said.

Remaining survivors are also safe and in good physical condition, the agency added.

The coast guard said motorbanca “Jocelyn 1” capsized along the waters off Barangay Balabag in Boracay after encountering strong winds that broke the boat’s outrigger on Tuesday morning.

Duterte vows to help Cebu build new infrastructures amid traffic woes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to help Cebu City build new infrastructures amid the severe traffic problem experienced in the city.

During his speech on Sunday (January 19), Duterte said that Cebu should focus on building a mass transportation system such as railway system.

“If you could make it a mass transportation, that would be better. Only few will be able to do that. But it’s either train or skyways. Let’s opt for elevated highways,” he said.

“The only way to do it is by utilizing a small commuter train and more highways. I will help you secure a loan for that,” he added.

The chief executive also said said he wants similar projects be constructed in Cebu. He reiterated that he does not want any project left unfinished —AAC

Japanese man dies while snorkeling in Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   January 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A Japanese national died on Thursday while snorkeling off Oslob waters in Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Information from the PCG identified the Japanese man as 52-year old Marinubo Kuriyama.

Citing information from the foreigner’s snorkeling guide, Airi Hemeno, the PCG said Kuriyama suddenly felt ill in the middle of the activity. Blood was also seen coming out from his nose and mouth.

The PCG said its personnel performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Kuriyama and subsequently rushed him to the Oslob District Hospital.

He was, however, announced dead on arrival.

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