KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Ninety-four (94) endangered olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings found their way to the ocean this morning (Jan. 29) as they were freed the along the coastal stretch of Barangay Cablalan in Glan, Sarangani Province.
Joy C. Ologuin, community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) of Glan, said the field office’s personnel, led by Forester Garex Christian Al-ag, immediately responded to the report from bantay dagat member Fernando Gampamole, Jr. regarding the emergence of the sea turtle hatchlings at 5:45 this morning.
Prior to the release, the CENRO Glan enlightened the local community about the pivotal role of the sea turtles, locally known as “pawikan,” in maintaining the biodiversity of the oceans, through an information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign.
“It was emphasized during the information drive the indispensable contribution of the said marine creatures to the overall health of ecosystems. The community was also educated on the intricate concepts of natal homing and imprinting, shedding light on the fascinating behaviors that influence the sea turtles' survival,” CENRO Ologuin said.
The event was witnessed by Sarangani Maritime Police Station, resort owners, residents and group of beachgoers.
CENRO Glan continues to spearhead marine conservation efforts as part of its ongoing commitment to preserving marine resources. Individuals are also encouraged to report any illegal activities that pose a threat to the marine turtles and their nesting grounds. ### (With report and photos from JCDumanon, CENRO Glan Information Officer | RSCIGM