The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Glan together with the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) and Municipal ENRO of Malapatan, has released on Tuesday, September 14, the Philippine serpent eagle (Spilornis holospilus) and Yellow-headed water monitor lizard (Varanus cumingi) which were recently rescued in the area.
Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez, CENR Officer of Glan, said that the juvenile eagle was rescued on Saturday at Barangay Lun Padida, Malapatan town which was eventually turned over to ECPC for proper care and further observation.
Dr. Roy Mejorada of the ECPC said that the rescued serpent eagle was on a weak state after being chased by crows.
After showing signs of recovery, the eagle was released on Tuesday.
On the same day, a Yellow-headed water monitor lizard (Varanus cumingi) was also released in an uninhabited area in Sitio Lasang, Sapu Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province by CENR Officer Dr. Rosalinda Cortez, MENR Officer Joey Palma I. Coliao and Barangay Council.
The Philippine Serpent Eagle can be found in primary and secondary forests and is endemic to the Philippines.
Listed as “Least Concern” by Bird Life International, much attention is needed to conserve and protect the species since they are threatened by habitat loss.
The DENR reminds the public that possession of wildlife without permit is punishable under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.” (With report from JCDumanon, CENRO Glan Information Officer Designate)