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.
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
MANILA Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will conduct testing of water samples from all rivers across the country amid the ongoing outbreak of poliovirus.
The test is to determine the quality of and coliform content in the country’s bodies of water after water samples from the sewerage system in Tondo, Manila and Davao city tested positive of poliovirus.
According to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered all its regional offices to submit the results as soon as possible.
“Hahanapin namin ang mga pipes na nagtatapon sa mga rivers para masiguro natin na hindi na madagdagan pa ang polusyon ng river (We will trace the pipes that discharge directly into the rivers to make sure that pollution level in our rivers will not escalate),” Antiporda said. – MNP (with details from Grace Casin)
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