A Philippine Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus philippinensis) was recently rescued and released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Catanduanes under the leadership of PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena.
The eagle was turned over by a concerned citizen from Barangay Palta Big, Virac, Catanduanes. It was caught entangled in a net used in fencing domesticated chickens. Upon the examination of the PENRO staff, the eagle measures sixty (60) centimeters in length and weighs approximately four and a half (4.5) kilograms. It was found to be in good condition and was consequently released at San Andres, Catanduanes.
The Philippine Hawk Eagle is categorized as vulnerable species under the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. All wildlife in the Philippines are strictly protected under Republic Act (RA) 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”. As such, DENR Bicol OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag encourages the public to report and turnover any wildlife species without proper documents. (With report from PENRO Catanduanes)