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DENR raises public awareness on need to take care of Philippine hawk eagle

TACLOBAN CITY, April 29 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas has called on the public to care for the Philippine Hawk Eagle and other faunal species abounding near coastal areas.

This call was made after the 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion, Philippine Army, handed over a Philippine Hawk Eagle to regional technical director Danilo Javier in DENR-Samar field office last week.

Captain Amado Gutierrez, chief of the public affairs office of the 8th Infantry Division, said that the eagle was found by the troops of the 87IB a few months ago after super typhoon Yolanda hit the region. The troops were conducting assessment after the typhoon at the hinterlands between Pinabacdao-Sta. Rita municipalities.

The Philippine Hawk Eagle estimated to be five months old was injured when found.

Gutierrez said the troops named the bird “murayaw,” a Waray-Waray word which means “peace” and nursed its leg wounds for four months.

After the bird regained its strength, Lt. Col. Antonio B. Dulnuan directed his troops to contact DENR and arranged for the bird’s turnover for its eventual return to the wild where it belongs.

The DENR-VIII management appreciated the gesture of Dulnuan as it is unlawful for any person to keep a wildlife captive per Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act: Ensuring Ecological Sustainability, according to Purificacion Daloos of the DENR regional public affairs office.

Daloos added that stiff penalties and fines are meted out to any person who undertakes illegal acts. Imprisonment of as much as 12 years and a fine of P1 million shall be imposed, if inflicted or undertaken against species listed as critical.

In July 2011, a wounded Philippine Eagle was found in the mountainous village of Buluan in Calbiga, Samar.

It was the first Philippine Eagle found alive since the Regional Eagle Watch Team was created 20 years ago. It was named Calbiga as it was found in the said municipality. It died at the DENR-8 compound after failing to recover from its major surgery. (PNA)

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