A total of 89 hatchlings of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) popularly known as “Pawikan” were released yesterday (July 6) at Wong 3A’s Beach Resort in Barangay Baliton, Glan, Sarangani Province.
Resort owner Melvin Roy Wong said that the eggs were laid on May 9 at his beach resort and were immediately safeguarded to protect the nest from potential predators with the guidance of DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Glan Park Maintenance Foreman Nelson Ycon.
After 58 days, the hatchlings emerged from the nest and was reported by Wong to CENRO Glan.
CENR Officer Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez extended her gratitude for the partnership with the private sector in the preservation and conservation of marine resources. “We need to protect our biodiversity from ridge to reef for our survival and to do this, our actions should be legally permissible, environmentally sustainable, socially acceptable, and economically viable,” she said.
Meanwhile, Wong recognized his obligation as a beach owner and one who enclosed the habitat. “As a private sector with the rest of the people around the area we offer our voluntary effort to help preserve and protect the marine resources,” he said. He also thanked the office for being on their feet in doing their job as far as preservation of marine and forest resources.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 or the Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories, the marine turtle species are considered endangered. Similarly, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.” | (With report and photos from JCDumanon, CENRO Glan IO Designate