In celebration of this year’s World Wildlife Day, two (2) Philippine Serpent Eagles (Spilornis holospilus) were released at Mount Isarog Natural Park (MINP) at Brgy. Panicuason, Naga City on March 5, 2021. The release was led by the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) in collaboration with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur headed by PENR Officer Grace L. Cariño, Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Vicencio Cabanayan Jr., Enforcement Division (ED) OIC, Chief Armando A. Omolida and other Regional Office personnel.       

In his message, PASu Cabanayan expressed his gratitude that the MINP was chosen to be the site for the release of the eagles. He assures its protection against any illegal hunting. On the otherhand, PENRO Cariño also encouraged the whole Department to be more vigilant in imposing all the existing laws on wildlife and continuously to be active vanguards in the protection and conservation of the environment.

The 2 serpent eagles were turnedover and rehabilitated for several months at the Albay Parks and Wildlife (APW) and were assessed fit for release. The Philippine Serpent Eagle is categorized as least concern species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is a network of environmental organizations founded as the International Union for the Protection of Nature in October 1948 in FontainebleauFrance, to promote nature conservation and the ecologically sustainable use of natural resources. The IUCN is the world’s oldest global environmental organization. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) unveiled an assessment system in 1994. It contains explicit criteria and categories to classify the conservation status of individual species on the basis of their probability of extinction.

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 through the DENR Bicol Hotline Numbers provided at the DENR Bicol official Facebook Page.