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PEF Davao steps up ‘Adopt an Eagle’ campaign

DAVAO CITY, May 14 — The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) based in Malagos, Calinan, Davao City is launching a new website where visitors could learn more about the endangered bird and give donation for its conservation program.

Andi Baldonado of PEF said at the new website www.philippineeaglefoundation.org, a visitor will get in-depth information on the Philippine Eagle's biology, habitat and the Foundation's mission in saving its species.

She said the new website features online donation system where visitors can easily give their contribution to PEF's conservation efforts. The interested supporters can touch-base with their Fundraising Officer through this service, she said. The site also caters to online reservation where guests can book their visit to the Philippine Eagle Center.

PEF will also launch the "Adopt A PhilEagle Stuffed Toy" that will be made available at the PEF Center, Marco Polo Ortigas, Maroco Polo Cebu and at Marco Polo Davao.

Baldonado said that one can own a cute and cuddly Philippine Eagle stuffed toy for P550 each. Proceeds of the sales will go directly to the PEF's conservation program.

She also said that this initiative will directly benefit the mission not only through raising funds but also in furthering the awareness campaign on the need to protect the national bird.

Meanwhile, she said there are already 35 birds released to the wild. "Most of our activities are done in coordination with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) because they are in the community where some of these birds are seen," she said.

While they supported IPs in livelihood activities, she said they are also partners in the reforestation program because the eagles are in their area. Baldonado said there are about 400 pairs remaining in the wild while 35 are in captivity.

Baldonado said the forest is the home of the Eagle and it is where they obtain food, reproduce and nourish their offspring. Unfortunately, illegal logging and irresponsible use of resources resulted in the disappearance of their forest habitat. (PNA)

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