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.
MANILA, Philippines — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ruled out mining activity as the cause of the landslide that occurred in Brgy. Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya on November 11 during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
In a press release Thursday (November 26), MGB Regional Director Mario Ancheta, “the fatal landslide was triggered by the inclement weather conditions resulting in ground saturation and eventual landslide and not due to small scale mining activity as earlier reported.”
Geologists and technical personnel from MGB Region 2 were sent to conduct a site inspection at the landslide areas where ten individuals were killed, including a two-month old baby and leaving two others injured.
Ancheta added that residents were already recommended for relocation based on a geohazard assessment result conducted by the MGB on September 18, showing that Sitios Bit-ang, Balcony, Compound, and Kinalabasa are highly or critically susceptible to natural hazards.
“The result of the assessment was presented to the community including the residents of sitio Bit-ang, Compound, Balcony, and Kinalabasa,” Ancheta said.
After the incident, the official stressed that “evacuation of the illegal settlers within the landslide prone areas should be strictly implemented.” MNP / Raymund David
SINGAPORE – Singapore officially launched on Wednesday (November 27) the Philippine Eagle exhibit at Jurong Bird Park featuring first breeding pair Geothermica (15) and Sambisig (17).
The birds arrived in Singapore in June as part of a 10-year conservation breeding agreement in cooperation with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).
Any offspring from the pair will be returned to the Philippines.
Present at the launch were Singapore Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap, DENR ASec. Ricardo Calderon and other Philippine Embassy officials.
“This is another wonderful opportunity to promote environmental conservation and biodiversity,” Dr. Balakrishnan said.
“It will raise awareness of the threats that these endangered birds face in the wild,” he added.
The launching of the Philippine Eagle Exhibit coincides with the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between Singapore and the Philippines this year.
The Philippine Eagle, known for its massive two-meter wing span, is considered critically endangered with only about 400 pairs left in the wild. MNP / UNTV Singapore
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