ALABEL, SARANGANI PROVINCE – The country’s first marine wildlife rescue center (MWRC) which would ensure the proper holding, administration of first aid, and rehabilitation of rescued marine wildlife was launched here on Thursday, May 5, by the officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and concerned local government units.
DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Natividad Bernardino commended the DENR-12 and PAMB-SBPS for their initiative in constructing the rescue center which would accommodate the stranded and rescued wildlife in the protected seascape.
In his message, Alabel Mayor Vic Paul M. Salarda said that they are honored that the DENR chose their town as the site of first ever MWRC in the Philippines and assured their full support in the project.
Over the years, the DENR and its partners through the SBPS Megafauna Response Team (MRT) have responded to several stranded marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and whales in the Sarangani Bay.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer hopes that with opening of the rescue center, the chances of survival of stranded wildlife in SBPS will increase.
The first phase of the construction of MWRC building, which was funded by the DENR with the help of SBPS-PAMB, has already finished and its second phase is set to continue within this year. | With report and photos from PAMO-SBPS