Thursday, December 02, 2021

Groups call for Samar forest protection

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Officials of the Samar Island National Protected Area (SINP) and the Regional Eagle Watch are urging Samar folks, especially those in upland communities, and the local government units (LGU) to help protect Samar wildlife from hunting and trade.

The nation observed Philippine Eagles Week from June 4 to 10 this year with the theme, “Saving our eagles, protecting our forest and securing our future.”

“Let us help save our eagles, protect our forest and secure our future,” said SINP Superintendent Angelito Villanueva in a text message.

Villanueva said that in March of this year, a birdwatcher named Ruth Francisco with a local guide sighted the Philippine Eagle perched on a tree in the thick forests of Samar which is also considered the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary.

It has been a while since the elusive bird was seen by humans.

The official said that the presence of the Philippine Eagle in its natural habitat is a sign that we are still living in an ecologically balanced environment.

“I hope that people will value the remaining forest cover that they will think very well before the ravage the forest” he said.

Reports of widespread charcoal making from the forest woods and bird trade have reached the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials.

“If these trades continue, we will just wake up one day with all the forest and prime bird species gone because of the activities of men,” he added.

Although the transport of charcoal has been banned, still Samarnons do the trade with poverty as an excuse.

“While we recognize that there are poor people, we do not recommend that they ravage our forests to fill their need. The sighting of the eagle is a challenge to the people of Samar to help protect the remaining forests of Samar,” Villanueva said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)
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