A Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) locally known as “Banog” or “Lawin” was recently turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon by Ms. Lea E. Santos, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer of the municipality of Gubat, in the province of Sorsogon.
The Lawin was turned over to the MENRO after some concerned citizens saw the bird grabbing food from a bystander, which could pose harm and danger to the public. Consequently, the wildlife was transported to the Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) at Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon for proper treatment and rehabilitation before it can be released to the wild.
Under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09, the wildlife species fall under the category of Other Wildlife Species (OWS) and must be conserved and protected. The DENR V headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. Continuous Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns are being undertaken by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.