𝐊𝐈𝐀𝐌𝐁𝐀, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – A villager here was commended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 for rescuing recently the 64 newly laid olive ridley sea turtle, commonly known as “pawikan,” eggs from the danger of being washed ashore at Sitio Nama in Barangay Lomuyon of this town.
Abdul D. Cariga, community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) of Kiamba, said the pawikan eggs, which were successfully transplanted at the PNP Maritime area, were saved by Joy Tenebro, who immediately notified the Municipal ENRO and CENRO of Kiamba for prompt action regarding the incident.
The team composed of Municipal Fishery Coordinator Designate Luwee Roy Siacor, Protected Area Ranger Benson Briones, Forest Technician I Maria N. Tubera, and Patrolman Mark Kenneth A. Austria of Kiamba PNP Maritime was organized for the immediate transfer and safekeeping of the sea turtle eggs.
"This initiative would not have been possible without the tireless commitment of our partner local government units and government agencies in environmental protection and conservation. It sets a prime example of how community awareness participation can create significant change for the betterment of our marine ecosystem," CENRO Cariga said.
Wendell Cantero, OIC municipal ENR officer of Kiamba, said “The community of Kiamba takes pride and dedication in its wildlife conservation. We believe that Tenebro's actions will inspire more people to join our efforts in safeguarding these endangered marine creatures for future generations." (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | RSCIGM