DAVAO CITY May 18 (PIA)- The fourth and remaining batch of Hawksbill sea turtle or pawikan hatchlings in Cleanergy Park were released into the sea last April 30.
The 129 hatchlings came from the nest found in the beach of the Park last February 24. There had been four releases of baby turtles totaling 627 hatchlings. The first release last March 21 was graced by no less than Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) employees led by Rodger Velasco, the Chief Operations Officer of the power utility firm graced the event. The DLPC employees were joined by representatives from the Mindanao Development Authority, the faculty of Ateneo de Davao University led by high school principal Fr. Mike Pineda and members from Junior Chamber International (JCI) Central Davao.
“Davao Light and the Aboitiz Foundation will continue in our efforts to protect the pawikans and in educating the community to help preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.” Velasco said.
A four-hectare property surrounded by a 37-hectare Marine Protected Area, the Cleanergy Park is a project of DLPC, an Aboitiz Power Subsidiary in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation. It has one of the remaining beach forest in Davao City and is a nesting ground of Hawksbill Sea Turtles.
DLPC is expecting more Pawikans to come to the park to lay more eggs. The beach is declared off-limits when nests are discovered.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the park which is devoid of any disturbances is a preferred nesting ground for the Hawksbill Sea Turtle species, as they are the only species which can navigate the park’s rough beach terrain. (PIA/RG Alama)