Personnel from DENR IX’s Regional Wildlife Rescue Center assisted the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – Community Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy Office (BARRM-CENREO) Malabang in the rescue and retrieval of a Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in Barangay East Marogong, Lanao del Sur on February 9, 2022.
Upon successful retrieval, BARMM-CENREO Malabang, in coordination with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), turned over the Philippine Eagle named “Bangsa Bae” to the DENR IX Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC), as it is the nearest facility in the area that can provide immediate medical assistance and emergency care.
Upon the assessment of Dr. Anita Chua, resident veterinarian of the DENR IX RWRC and the Provincial Veterinarian of Zamboanga del Sur, Bangsa Bae required immediate surgical operation on its injured right wing as the bacterial infection is already widespread and could be fatal.
With the Philippine Eagle Foundation having the facility and the resources to perform the needed additional medical procedures for the injured Philippine Eagle, Bangsa Bae was transported to the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Davao City on February 12.
DENR IX Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko Saikol said that he is grateful for the collaboration between different agencies and institutions in the rescue of the Philippine Eagle. “Our [wildlife] rescue center is ready to be of assistance in providing aid and we will continue our efforts to constantly develop and upgrade our operations and infrastructure.”
Classified as critically endangered, the Philippine Eagle is the country’s national bird. It can be recalled that the DENR IX RWRC released back to the wild a rescued and rehabilitated Philippine Eagle named Godod in the municipality of Godod, Zamboanga del Norte in January 2022.
The DENR IX RWRC is jointly operated by the DENR IX, Department of Agriculture IX and the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga del Sur through a Memorandum of Agreement.
To date, DENR IX has documented sightings and breeding of the Philippine Eagle in Baliguian, Godod, and Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte, Midsalip in Zamboanga del Sur and in Pasonanca Natural Park in Zamboanga City.