Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental, plastic found in animal’s rectum

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 27, 2019   •   1326

Courtesy: Bill Kratzer

A sea turtle was found dead by a local resident in Valladolid, Negros Occidental last Tuesday (June 25).

According to Barangay Chairman Bill Kratzer, the turtle had visible damage on its tail and shell. They also found plastics coming out of the animal’s rectum.

The sea turtle was around 3 feet long and about 2 feet wide. There is still no official cause of death.

The sea turtle was buried around 5:00 p.m. on the same day in the area where he was found.—AAC

Marine advocate group: ‘clean, dry and sort’ method keeps plastic away from the ocean

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020

The Philippines produce 2.7 metric tons of plastic waste every year. The United Nations reports that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. 

Ineffective waste management systems and consumers’ irresponsibleness are mainly referred to as culprits of ocean plastic pollution.

Aiming to resolve this problem, marine advocate group, Clean Our Oceans Project (CoOP)urges the public to “clean, dry, and sort” the plastic waste and converts it into “raw materials”.

According to CoOP founder, Anna Varona, cleaned, dried and sorted plastic trash according to the plastic resin code or number can be upcycled into brand-new durable products such as crates, chairs, trash can, trays and more. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Jonathan Co, founder of Sentinels Upcycling Technologies, said that most of the plastics can be upcycled. However, due to poor waste management and improper waste segregation, some plastics are not suitable for recycling.

Varona hopes that this simple clean, dry and sort method “will not only change the consuming behavior of the community but also will make the ocean free again from plastics.

To know more about the “clean, dry and sort” method, watch The Dive’s episode “The Oceans and The Plastics” and see how this method has changed lives. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling

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Female sea turtle found dead in Legazpi City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 11, 2020

A female green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found dead along the shores of Purok 7, Barangay Arimbay in Legazpi City on February 9.

Residents of Purok 7 found the dead turtle in its decomposition stage. She measured 75 centimeters in length and 71 centimeters in width.

“The Office through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) immediately responded and documented the green sea turtle before it was buried in the shores of the same barangay,” according to DENR-Bicol.  

“Based on the findings, the turtle might have been entangled in a fishnet causing the lacerations on its neck, which resulted in its drowning,” the post further reads.

DENR-Bicol reiterates that marine turtles are protected by law and catching them will be punishable by imprisonment.

They also called on the public to turn over any wildlife to the authorities.—AAC

Negros Occidental to supply pork meat in ASF-infected provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2019

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental assures the public that the province remains free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, they are strict when it comes to implementing biosecurity procedures and animal practices within the province.

Likewise, paraveterinary workers are constantly assisting the veterinarians in conducting regular rounds to pig facilities across Negros Occidental .

Currently, the province has about 4,000 pigs in surplus above its monthly consumption and it is planning to send these to ASF-infected provinces like Aklan and Cebu.

“We persuaded them [Aklan and Cebu] to amend their EO [because they have seen the] biosecurity [of the] province,” Decena said.

Earlier, the provinces of Aklan and Cebu issued executive orders banning the entry of pigs and other pork products from Luzon.

Decena said they may now supply pork meat to these areas after they were given go signal.

“We were given the chance to enter the market,” he concluded. – MNP (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)


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