A Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) was rescued and turnedover to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon led by PENR Officer Tito R. Migo on November 19, 2020 at Balogo, Sorsogon City.

            The Pilar Satellite Office Technical Personnel responded to the report of Donsol Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) Jean Rose L. Cadag about the said wildlife. Upon observation, the eagle showed a slight sign of weakness and was suspected to have been hit by a sling shot. The species was consequently brought to Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) for temporary care and shelter.

            The Philippine Serpent Eagle is listed in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 under the Other Wildlife Species (OWS). It is a relatively small endemic raptor and lives along forest edges, foothills and open country including cultivated area.

            Moreover, the DENR Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is reminding the public to refrain from hunting, capturing or trading any wildlife species unless proper permits and documents are secured. Further, the DENR is urging the public to report any wildlife stranding and captivity to avoid penalties imposed under the Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.