CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – Members of an Indigenous Peoples’ Group (IP) pledged to support the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the conservation of the Philippine Eagle within their ancestral domain in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Dionisio Rago, head of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte, said in a statement on Saturday that they had secured the support of IPs after an information campaign in Barangay Sianan, Godod, in the same province in line with the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week, which took place June 4-10.
Rago said Timuay Florencia Gaas, head of the Sianan Subanen Tribal Association, assured them that they were ready to contribute to DENR’s wildlife conservation efforts given that they live in the area.
âWe pledge our support to help the conservation of the Philippine eagle in our region,â said Gaas, as quoted by Rago.
Rago said Barangay Sianan was known to have sighted Philippine eagles in the area by PIs.
He added that their information campaign is important so that they know the importance and significance of the Philippine eagle, which is an endangered species.
He said the information campaign was aimed at enhancing public awareness of the important role of the Philippine eagle in the forest ecosystem as well as generating unified and concerted efforts among IPs to ensure protection and perpetuation of the species within Barangay Sianan.
He noted that the bird is endemic to the country and is one of the largest eagles in the world, but is critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Despite being named the country’s national bird, its species is threatened by destruction of its natural habitat as well as illegal hunting, Rago said.
This year’s Philippine Eagle Week was anchored on the theme âThe Philippine Eagle and Indigenous Peoples; Protect our forests, protect our future. (ANP)