๐†๐‹๐€๐, ๐’๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž โ€“ Environmentalists here released on Tuesday (January 10) in Sarangani Bay a critically endangered female hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) after 74 days of recuperation from Pawikan Rescue Center in Barangay Burias, this town.
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DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Glan Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez said the weak and stranded turtle, locally known as โ€œpawikan,โ€ was found and rescued by barangay officials along the shores of Barangay Big Margus during the height of tropical storm โ€œPaengโ€ last October 28, 2022 which was eventually turned over to Protected Area Ranger Hajerol Diabal for proper care and handling.
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During its rehabilitation, the pawikan was monitored constantly by Diabal together with two โ€˜bantay dagatโ€™ Jomar Desin and Joel Don Driano with the guidance of Dr. Roy Mejorada, in-house veterinarian of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Protected Area Management Office (SBPS-PAMO).
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Based on the assessment of CENRO Glan Ecosystems Management Specialist I Marivic G. Quisto, the sea turtle is healthy and fit for release.
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The pawikan was tagged for the purposes of identification and monitoring of its feeding and nesting ground before it was released back to its natural habitat.
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Hawksbill sea turtles are categorized as critically endangered species under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are strictly protected under Republic Act 9147 also known as the โ€œWildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.โ€ (With report and photos from DENR-CENRO Glan) | RSCIGM