An Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) was turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon by Mr. Romeo B. Ibañez, a resident of Barangay Caburacan, Castilla, Sorsogon on January 16, 2021.
Upon investigation by the PENRO Sorsogon, it was found out that the bird was seen struggling to fly and was rescued by the brother of Mr. Ibañez who then informed him about it. Accordingly, Mr. Ibañez immediately informed PENRO Sorsogon.
Consequently, the wildlife was transported to the Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) at Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon for proper treatment and care before it can be released to the wild.
Under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 titled, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, the Oriental Honey Buzzard is listed under its Other Wildlife Species (OWS) species, which needed to be protected. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".
The DENR V is continuously appealing to 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 conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)