TWO Philippine eagles on Tuesday departed for Singapore under a Wildlife Loan Agreement (WLA) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).
The pair named Geothermica and Sambisig, a 15-year-old male and 17-year old female, respectively, will be provided to the WRS and housed in Jurong Bird Park for captive breeding, as a further conservation measure.
During the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 2, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Meynardo LB. Montealegre presented symbolic passports, under the name of the two eagles, to Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) chairman Ed Chua.
The send-off was also supervised by Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus Ricardo Calderon.
“The passports underscore the Philippine identity of both eagles, doing their share in representing the country abroad, and that they remain the property of the Philippine government,” Montealegre said.
The project, which marks the first-ever overseas loan of Philippine eagles, is part of the ongoing celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Philippines-Singapore diplomatic relations this year.
The Philippine eagle, the national bird of the Philippines, is featured prominently in the current Philippine electronic passport.
Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore were formally established on August 11, 1969. Various commemorative activities and events to mark the 50th anniversary are being held throughout the year both in the Philippines and Singapore.