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Public asked to help protect Philippine eagle in Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 20, 2016, 5:11 pm

(By Restituto A. Cayubit, 20 April 2016, Manila Bulletin)

 Tacloban City, Leyte --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas (DENR-8) is appealing to the public to help government efforts to protect the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in  Leyte  as it confirms the existence of the national bird in the Island.

DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters in an interview that his office is appealing for and soliciting support from the general public, the  local government units, private organizations, stakeholders and concerned  other concerned government agencies to help preserve the Philippine Eagle now freely flying in the mountain ranges of Leyte island.

Sibbaluca said his men in the field have spotted the bird recently in the forest boundaries of the town of Burauen and Ormoc City.

Based on an initial assessment, the Philippine eagle is roaming along the forests in the Anonang-Lobi mountain ranges located at the boundaries of the towns of  Burauen-Jaro-Albuera and Ormoc City.  He added that his men in the field is further conducting studies on the range or how far is the coverage of the Philippine eagle forest habitat in the Island of Leyte.

Sibbaluca disclosed that the existence of the bird in Leyte forests was also spotted  by the  team from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in December 2012 when the group conducted research in the forests of   Barangay Kagbana, Burauen Leyte.

In an interview with Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said there were previous reports regarding the existence of the Philippine eagle  in his province many years back, however, unconfirmed.

Petilla told reporters that when the confirmation for the existence of the Philippine eagle in his province reached him sometime in 2014 his office conducted information dissemination for the protection of the bird and should not be harmed or shot as the bird is protected by law.

Petilla and Sibbaluca are appealing to the public for support in the protection of the national bird in the Island of Leyte.

“We should protect the Philippine eagle because it is our national bird,” Petilla said.


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