Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:50
DIPOLOG CITY – Two sea green turtles were recently released back to the seas here after their wounds were treated and healed.
The wounded sea creatures were caught at Aliguay Island in Dapitan City last month and brought here by Engr. Richard Concha, Vice President for Administrative Services of the Dipolog Medical Center, for treatment.
After the holidays the turtles were brought and presented to the personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) for number tagging. One was tagged with number 501 and the other 502.
A short lecture about endangered species preservation by CENRO personnel before a group of students, teachers and other DMC officials preceded the release of the turtles to the seas at barangay Galas this city.
In a related development, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has renewed its campaign to save Philippine wildlife from extinction.
The institutionalization of turtle conservation in the country also started in 1979 through Executive Order No. 542, which created the “Task Force Pawikan” to protect the dwindling marine turtle population.
By Franklin P. Gumapon-PIA-ZN
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