Last October 25, Davao Light together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released a Pawikan known to be an Olive Ridley back into the sea at the Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.
The said turtle was found by local fishermen last October 18. When they noticed that it had a small dent or crack on its shell (carapace), the fishermen handed over the turtle to the Cleanergy Park through Fermin Edillon, Davao Light Community Relations Manager. The Olive Ridley stayed for a couple of days at the Park. Dr. Ken Lao, a veterinarian, monitored the turtle to ensure it is in good condition before setting it free. After getting a clearance for its release, the turtle was geo-tagged and released back into the open sea.
Aboitiz-owned outdoor biodiversity learning center, Cleanergy Park, has long been a sanctuary to sea turtles or Pawikan. Turtles found by locals around the area or within the city are usually turned over to the park and later on released back into the sea.