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Davao Light’s first pawikan release in 2018

Harvey Lanticse | April 16, 2018

On March 28, 2018, just before the Holy Week break, 76 pawikan hatchlings were released back to the sea by Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Davao City.

Pawikan eggs are known to be fragile, and disturbance from people and other animals may affect the development of these endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. Before everyone headed to the beach as part of the lenten tradition, DLPC and its partners made sure the turtles were already in their natural home, their safe haven.

These 76 hatchlings make up the first batch of pawikans released by Davao Light this year, adding to the 1,450 pawikans released in 2017.

The pawikan eggs were originally found at the shoreline of a public beach in a nearby barangay, 76-A, before it was transferred to the Cleanergy park on February 21, 2018 with the permission and cooperation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

DLPC’s community relations manager Fermin Edillon said the continued support and coordination of the communities really helped in the biodiversity conservation efforts of the Cleanergy park.

It is wonderful to have the involvement of the nearby barangay as they are truly our great partners of the Cleanergy park’s initiatives. With the community’s awareness and cooperation,we can save more of these endangered species.

– Fermin Edillon, community relations manager, Davao Light and Power Company

The Cleanergy Park, a partnership project of Davao Light and the Aboitiz Foundation, is an Aboitiz Better World initiative that models an urban-based habitat conservation and biodiversity management.

In addition to being a turtle sanctuary, it has become a bird sanctuary with more than 70 discovered species, a haven for different species of trees, fish thriving in its mangrove forest, a fish sanctuary, seagrass beds and coral reefs.