“There should be a concerted global effort to prevent the critically endangered Philippine eagle -- a national treasure symbolizing the country’s identity -- from becoming extinct.”
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu said this ahead of the country’s celebration of the Philippine Eagle Week (PEW) starting tomorrow until June 10.
“As an endemic species, the Philippine eagle already serves as a global heritage that requires concerted efforts of the international community for conservation,” Cimatu stressed.
Cimatu said the country’s decision to loan a pair of Philippine eagle to Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) makes a good starting point for bringing the efforts to save the iconic raptor to a global scale.
Barely two weeks after the historic wildlife loan agreement was signed between the DENR and WRS, Philippine eagles Geothermica and Sambisig are scheduled to leave for Singapore tomorrow, June 4.
“Sending Geothermica and Sambisig to Singapore is a historical milestone and a tangible indication that the international community is needed in the protection and conservation of the Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird and crown jewel of biodiversity,” Cimatu said.
The two raptors will be staying at Jurong Bird Park, the largest bird park in Asia that is home to close to 3,500 birds across 400 species, of which 20 percent is threatened.
“With millions of tourists flocking at the Jurong Bird Park, where our Philippine eagles will live, we are bringing them closer to the international community in the hopes of encouraging international attention and support for their conservation,” Cimatu added.
PEW is being observed from June 4 to 10 of every year by virtue of Proclamation No. 79 issued in 1999. The declaration hopes to promote awareness about the importance of the Philippine eagle as a biological indicator of the forest ecosystem, a national symbol and a unique heritage.