Two sub-adult female green sea turtles, locally known as pawikan, that were rescued on Saturday morning (September 9) in Barangay Tambilil, Kiamba, Sarangani Province have returned to their natural habitats after they were freed by environment personnel.
Forester Abdul D. Cariga, community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) of Kiamba, said they received a report from fisher folks in the area regarding two pawikans that were trapped in their fishing nets.
Protected Area Ranger Benson Cabading and LGU-Kiamba technical personnel Mohammad Sama and Luwee Roy Siacor immediately rescued and checked the conditions of the reptiles and declared that the sea turtles are healthy and fit to return to the wild. They also tagged the reptiles prior to their release on Saturday.
The Barangay Tambilil is one of the reported nesting sites of marine turtles in the Municipality of Kiamba along with Barangays Datu Dani, Kling, Katubao, and Nalus. ### (With report and photos from ADTenio, CENRO Kiamba IO Designate) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐌