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Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle flies back to its forest home

MAITUM, Sarangani (June 15, 2022) – The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) released Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle back to its original home at Mt. Busa in Barangay Ticulab on June 13.

Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle was rescued on January 2021 after it was seen trapped in the thorny rattan vines in the vast forest of Salagbanog Falls in Ticulab.

Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle was then turned over to the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-Kiamba) and Environmental Protection and Conservation Center (ECPC) Sarangani.

According to PEC, Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle was examined and found with a "jolen" or marble lodged between its muscle and skin in its right shoulder.

It also had an air-gun pellet visible on the same shoulder closer to the neck.

PEC reported that no entry wound was seen for both the marble and the pellet, which means “the punctures have healed and that a long time has passed since the shooting.” The eagle underwent rehabilitation for one and a half years at the PEC in Davao City. Before the release of Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle on June 13, a traditional Tboli ritual called “damsu” was conducted at the release site.

“Damsu” is an offering done for abundant harvest, blessings, guidance and protection before the start of every occasion or meaningful undertaking.

During the release, the Alsons Power Group's Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) and Siguil Hydro Power Corporation have committed to preserve and protect the key biodiversity area of Mt. Busa in Sarangani Province which serves as home to a significant Philippine Eagle sub-population together with other 430 rare animals and birds.

SEC has provided the funding and logistical support for the tracking and protection of Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle for the next three years.

This involved the provision of an electronic tracker that will map the whereabouts of the eagle.

The said partnership is a manifestation of Alsons Power’s brand promise to power with care by being a caring and responsible partner to the communities where it operates thru activities that foster the preservation of the environment.

Jayson Ibañez, director for research and conservation of the Philippine Eagle Foundation also urged the locals to be part of the advocacy in preserving and protecting the wild.

“What we have done is a platform for public awareness and ang mga tama ng improvised jolen guns dito kay Sarangani Eagle is a manifestation that this type of hunting is still popular in this area,” Ibañez explained.

“Nananawagan po tayo dito sa ating locals na sana ay itigil na nila ang pag gamit ng jolen guns sa kanilang hunting activities dahil nakakasakit po ito and worst is namamatay yung ibang mga wildlife,” he further appealed.

The release of Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle is the second in Sarangani Province after the release of Sarangani Pride in 2017.

Cornelio Ramirez, ECPC executive director said that the local government of Sarangani through the leadership of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, Deputy Speaker Congressman Rogelio Pacquiao, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta and the rest of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members will “continue its moves for the protection and conservation of the natural resources of Sarangani.”

The release of Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle was part of the celebration of the national eagle week which ran from June 4 to 10 and the 35th foundation anniversary of PEF.

(Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE) Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. taken during the release of Salagbanog/Sarangani Eagle on June 13 at Barangay Ticulab, Maitum.

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