Manila Bulletin

Adopt-a-species pro­gram bol­sters pro­tec­tion of the Philip­pine Ea­gle

- Philip­pine Ea­gle Animals · Ecology · Wildlife · Turkey · Philippines · Samar · Davao Region · Davao · Leyte · Foundation Center

The Philip­pine Ea­gle, one of the world’s rarest for­est rap­tors, is fac­ing ex­tinc­tion. Pro­tect­ing the en­dan­gered bird that is en­demic to the coun­try is of pri­mary im­por­tance, es­pe­cially for the com­mu­ni­ties who need to safe­guard its sur­vival, pro­tect the bio­di­ver­sity it rep­re­sents, and pro­mote the sus­tain­able use of for­est re­sources.

As part of its na­tion-build­ing ef­forts, CEMEX Philip­pines Foun­da­tion – the so­cial arm of CEMEX Philip­pines – is now on the sec­ond year of its part­ner­ship with the Philip­pine Ea­gle Foun­da­tion (PEF) with the goal of es­pous­ing the con­ser­va­tion of the Philip­pine Ea­gle and its habi­tats.

PEF is at the fore­front of tak­ing care of the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species known to be ge­o­graph­i­cally re­stricted to Min­danao but there were also sight­ings recorded in some parts of Lu­zon, Sa­mar, and Leyte. The Philip­pine Ea­gle Foun­da­tion Cen­ter, an 8.4-hectare area lo­cated at Mala­gos in Davao City, is cur­rently home to 36 Philip­pine Ea­gles; half of them are cap­tive-bred.

CEMEX Philip­pines Foun­da­tion and PEF’s three-year part­ner­ship in­cludes the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ed­u­ca­tional aware­ness and out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties in seven ea­gle habi­tats, as well as the or- ga­ni­za­tion of at least 100 in­dige­nous for­est guards who will care for the ea­gles and where they live.

Pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of the Philip­pine Ea­gle and its pro­tec­tion is part of the Adopt-a-Species Pro­gram of CEMEX Philip­pines Foun­da­tion – an ini­tia­tive that en­ables com­mu­ni­ties to fos­ter sus­tain­able con­ser­va­tion ef­forts for en­dan­gered species and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The adopt-a-species law al­lows com­pa­nies like us to put re­sources in var­i­ous species con­ser­va­tion projects. And be­cause of that, we were able to reach out to many ar­eas in the Philip­pines. Some of our other adopted species were the "bu­tand­ing" (whale shark), Tar­sier, and Ne­gros Bleed­ing Heart,” shared Paul Arce­nas, CEMEX vice pres­i­dent for in­vestor re­la­tions and in­te­grated com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

For the Philip­pine Ea­gle sites, the com­pany fur­ther helps the com­mu­ni­ties by sup­port­ing Philip­pine Ea­gle sur­veys in three sus­pected ea­gle ter­ri­to­ries, de­lin­eate nest­ing sites, and ini­ti­ate home range and habi­tat use on adult birds.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the part­ner­ship will fa­cil­i­tate liveli­hood sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties of the Sin­abadan In­dige­nous Peo­ples’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Em­pow­er­ing the Sibu­lan IPO is part of PEF and CEMEX’s recog­ni­tion of the com­mu­nity as the cham­pi­ons in sav­ing the Philip­pine Ea­gle.

“Again, we’re proud to en­gage with our part­ners in Sibu­lan. PEF has been work­ing with them for more than 10 years now,” said PEF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Den­nis Sal­vador.

“We are look­ing for­ward to more in­ter­ac­tions with PEF and the Sibu­lan IPO. We hope to make this part­ner­ship sus­tain­able to be able to help more com­mu­ni­ties in pro­tect­ing the Philip­pine Ea­gle,” added Arce­nas who also serves as board mem­ber of the CEMEX Philip­pines Foun­da­tion. (Char­maine Tadalan)

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