A female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) locally known as “Talisayon” was recently released to the shores of Barangay Poblacion Central in Barcelona, Sorsogon. The release was led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Barcelona, Sorsogon.
Mr. Lheyben G. Figueroa, Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) of Barcelona, Sorsogon informed the PENRO Sorsogon about the turtle to which the Office responded immediately.
According to MENRO Figueroa, the turtle was found to be trapped in a net of a fisherman.
The turtle which measures 43 centimeters in length and 42 centimeters wide and with an approximate weight of four kilograms was found to be in good condition. It was immediately released to its natural habitat.
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 Green Sea Turtle is considered endangered. 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 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 conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)