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Mayor Honey appeals vs taking home birds from Arroceros Park

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna calls on the public visiting the Arroceros Forest Park not to disturb the wildlife there or take the birds home. (JERRY S. TAN)

“PLEASE don’t disturb the birds at the Arroceros Forest Park. Don’t catch them for the purpose of taking them home.”

This was the plea made by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna to all those visiting the said park, stressing there are certain rules that are being imposed while in the said park.

With the heat still on, Mayor Honey Lacuna invited the residents of Manila, and even non-residents, to visit and benefit from the public parks of the city, specially the Arroceros Forest Park but pleaded.

Considered as ‘the last lung’ of Manila, the said park offers a welcome alternative to beat the heat owing to the presence of so many trees that provide shade and cool air.

“Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na puntahan ang Arroceros Forest Park kung wala rin lang kayong ginagawa. Kung gusto ninyo ng mas malilim na lugar, nariyan lang siya sa likod ng Metropolitan Theater malapit lamang,” the mayor said.

However, according to Lacuna, the said park imposes certain house rules since there are various kinds of wildlife being nurtured there, for the enjoyment of those who go there.

“Marami nang mga wildlife doon, mga ibon na kasama nating pinoprotektahan,” she said.

“Kaya kung dadalaw kayo kasama ang mga pamilya, sana ay huwag ninyo gagambalain ang mga hayup o ibon na naandun… ‘wag n’yo hulihin… hindi po ito iniuuwi sa bahay,” Lacuna stressed.

On this note, she invited the public to join the city government in the tree-planting activities planned as part of the “Araw ng Maynila” celebration marking the city’s founding anniversary.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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