Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Barangay Sianan, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte express their elation on how the government recognizes their role in wildlife conservation within their ancestral domain as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX, through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Liloy headed by CENRO Dionisio Rago, conducts an information campaign in their barangay last June 9, 2021 to promote the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week.
Timuay Florencia Gaas, Tribal Leader of the Sianan Subanen Tribal Association, said that its high time for government, particularly the DENR, to know that the IPs are ready to help in wildlife conservation efforts considering that they are living in the area.
" We pledge our support to help in Philippine Eagle conservation in our area", Timuay Gaas added.
CENRO Rago said that the information campaign aims to strengthen public awareness on the significant role of Philippine Eagle in the forest ecosystem per Presidential Proclamation No. 79, as well as, to generate unified and concerted efforts among the IPs to ensure the protection and perpetuation of the species within the barangay.
" Barangay Sianan has been known for sightings of a Philippine Eagle in the area by local IPs and its important for them to know the importance and significance of this endangered species so that they can become our partner for its protection," CENRO Rago said.
Incidentally, the information activity coincided with the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week (June 4-10) with the theme " The Philippine Eagle and Indigenous Peoples; Protecting our Forests, Protecting our Future".
The CENRO team also lectured on the Philippine Eagle as well as R. A. 9147 otherwise known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection. IEC materials regarding these topics were also distributed. They also gave additional posters on the proper disposal of PPEs to be posted in their respective tribal office.
The Philippines Eagle is endemic in our country and is one of the largest eagles in the world. It is facing a Critically Endangered status according to the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Despite of it being named as the country’s national bird, its species is threatened by destruction of its natural habitat as well as illegal hunting.