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Sunday July 22, 2018

DLPC releases new batch of pawikan hatchlings

LAST September 21, Davao Light welcomed a new batch of baby sea turtles, which are believed to be the endangered Hawskbill Turtles, at the Cleanergy Park.

These hatchlings came from the fifth pawikan nest discovered last July 29, 2017 at the biodiversity park. A total of 158 baby pawikans were released on the same day the eggs were hatched.

On September 23, validation was done on the latest reported sea turtle tracks spotted along the shores of the park. A nest was confirmed and this is the eigth nest found this year. The validation was witnessed by the group organized by the Rotary Club of East Davao composed of the PNP headed by their Regional Director, Gen. Manuel Gaerlan, the Coast Guard and other organizations who did mangrove planting and coastal clean-up in the park.

The good number of eggs and the nests recently found at the Cleanergy Park are signs that the place is still a safe haven for the mother pawikans to come back and lay their eggs. Thus, continuous efforts to conserve the nesting ground are much more encouraged.

More pawikan eggs are expected to be laid and hatched in the park. For the year, a total of 785 hatchlings were released in the Cleanergy Park. Davao Light together with its stakeholders will continue to help in protecting and conserving the environment and the various species it has.

The coastal area of the Cleanergy Park in Sitio Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City has long been an active nesting ground for different species including sea turtles.

Cleanergy Park is a project of Davao Light, a subsidiary of the AboitizPower, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation. It is a biodiversity park that is aimed to preserve the pawikan nesting grounds, be a home of many thriving bird species and help maintain ecological balance for other sea and land creatures. (PR)


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