Two Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus), locally known as “Lawin” were recently rescued by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Matnog, Sorsogon at Barangay Gadgaron.
The rescue was conducted after a complaint was received from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol Hotline 8888 reporting the captivity of the wildlife species.
The PENRO Team immediately responded and verified the presence of such wildlife and informed the possessor of the wildlife on the legal implications of possessing a wildlife without permits from the DENR. The possessor then voluntarily surrendered the wildlife.
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 DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 titled, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, the Brahminy Kite is listed under its Other Wildlife Species (OWS), 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)