DENR calls for weapons control in protected areas

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DAVAO CITY: The initial findings of the Department of Envi- ronment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that Philippine Eagle, Pamana, was found at the periphery of the buffer zone in Mt. Hamiguitan where there are inhabited communities.

With this development, the DENR now sees the need to intensify forest protection inside the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, the regulation of weapons and the need to strengthen information on protecting endangered species.

DENR Regional Director Joselin Fragada, in a statement, said Pamana’s flight was not as high as it could be yet because she was found one kilometer away from where she was released on June 12.

Fragada said Pamana was located at the agro-ecosystem vegetation area of the mountain range, “meaning there are communities in the area and there are still a lot of inhabitants.”


“So we are trying now to intensify our campaign regarding the protection of this endangered species and the regulations on weapons such as air gun pellets which may have been the cause of the death of Pamana,” Fraga- da emphasized.

On August 16, Pamana was found dead with a bullet hole on her right chest inside the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) biologists and local forest guards located the eagle near a creek below the thick forest where she was released two months ago in Barangay La Union, San Isidro town in Davao Oriental.

According to Fragada, a month before the release of Pamana last June 12, information and education campaign was conducted.

Fragada said she would also propose the creation of a joint monitoring team composed of different agencies to help pro- tect the area, as the Mount Hamiguitan Range is a key biodiversity area, which has been declared already as a Unesco World Heritage Site and an Asean Heritage Park.

PNA

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