IN an article published on January 26 in Green Revolution, a number of inaccuracies appeared. We cite them here with clarification:
1. The headline “1,500 waterbirds counted in Manila Bay’s sole mangrove haven,” is inaccurate. There are also Manila Bay mangrove havens in the provinces of Pampanga and Bataan, as well as in Tanza, Navotas in Metro Manila. These havens must also be protected.
2. The waterbird data published in the article was released without the consent of the agency responsible in implementing the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), which is the DENR. Data should always be first validated by concerned agencies prior to publication.
3. Lastly, a line attributed to Mr. Rey Aguinaldo of the DENR-NCR is also inaccurate. He was not quoted saying: “number of birds in the area is declining and this might be due to the reclamation activities and prolific development in the area.” This line was taken from the website of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAF), who was not present during the waterbird census and therefore taken out of context. The comment was never verified by the author with either Aguinaldo or the EAAF.
The author apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused any parties related to the story. Necessary measures to prevent such mistakes from occurring again are now being implemented.
For more information, e-mail Albert Balbutin at email@example.com.